European Data Protection Digest

ENISA Issues Recommendations To Protect Children Online

CHILDREN’S PRIVACY—EU

November 11, 2011

PCWorld reports on new recommendations issued by the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) toward mitigating the risks children face while online. Aimed at assisting law enforcement agencies, member states, civil groups, parents and educators in protecting children, ENISA lists top threats--including cyberbullying and exposure to online predators--and uses a fictional scenario to highlight how potential attackers use "data mining and profiling techniques to build an online identity" to earn children's trust. ENISA's recommendations include specialised security settings for teens and assessing applications with access to teenagers' data "for their impact on privacy," the report states.

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