European Data Protection Digest

Social Networks Urged to do More to Protect Kids

SOCIAL NETWORKING—EU

February 12, 2010

The European Commission (EC) recently analysed the policies of 22 social networking sites to determine how protected minors are online, OUT-LAW.com reports. The commission found that just 40 percent of the sites hid minors' personal information by default. Though 19 of the sites contained links to report abuse or suspicious activity, only nine responded to test complaints sent by the commission. Last year, 20 sites committed to the EC's 'safer social networking principles.' EU Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Viviane Reding said, "I expect all companies to do more...the Internet is now vital to our children and it is the responsibility of all to make it safe."
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