European Data Protection Digest

Ombudsman Examining Social Media Abuse

CHILDREN’S PRIVACY—THE NETHERLANDS

December 5, 2013

Children's Ombudsman Marc Dullaert has begun an inquiry into the ways children’s privacy rights are “being infringed on social media networks,” Dutch News reports, noting Dullaert is concerned with how social media sites are using children’s photographs and personal data. “The ombudsman's concern stems from the case of a 13-year-old boy whose photograph has been used for dozens of fake websites and abusive messages within the Netherlands and abroad,” the report states. The boy’s family has had little success in efforts to have online companies remove the posts and photos.
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