NewsNov 06 GDPR

Will the GDPR change the way children use and experience the internet? Read the COFACE policy brief

As the date of the effective application of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) draws near, organisations big and small are examining how its various provisions will apply to them. Indeed, from the 25th of May 2018, there are a number of features and concepts in this Regulation which could potentially transform the web, including the way children experience it.

Assessing the impact of the GDPR on children is a tricky endeavour. A 6-year-old child will certainly be affected differently to an 11-year-old or a 15-year-old. Younger children would benefit the most from higher data protection by default; older children might suffer from it since it might limit their online experience (or constantly seek parental consent). As it turns out, a data protection by design and by default is one of the new obligations of the GDPR. As many online service providers claim to abide by such a rule already, we will have to wait to see what the end effects of this provision will be, especially on children.

In our policy brief, see more about the implications of the GDPR for children, in relation to:

  • Parental consent for processing of children’s personal data, the implications for children’s rights to privacy (Article 8)
  • The right to object to use of personal data for marketing (Article 19)
  • The right to data portability and switching between online services (Article 20)
  • The right to object to online profiling (Article 21) and ask for transparency on how algorithms function (Article 15).
  • And more.

Read and download our policy brief: “Will the GDPR change the way children use and experience the internet?”

Further information on this topic, please contact Martin Schmalzried, Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer +322 500 56 94

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