Apr 082019
 April 8, 2019  Posted by  Featured News, Non-U.S., Youth & Schools

Sergiu Gatlan reports:

The UK government announced today a set of online safety laws designed to hold the companies behind social media platforms liable for the harmful behavior spreading through their platforms.

As detailed in the Online Harms White Paper joint proposal published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and the UK Home Office, the law package “comprises legislative and non-legislative measures and will make companies more responsible for their users’ safety online, especially children and other vulnerable groups.”

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This is still in the consultation stage, so you can submit comments to them.

One of the things I learned at the International Privacy + Security Forum last week is that the GDPR provides children with greater protection than adults without needing any separate laws like our FERPA and COPPA.  In the EU view, the younger the child is, the more vulnerable they are and the greater their need for protection.  It will be interesting to see how the UK approaches protecting children from potential online harms in light of the GDPR and harmonization, if possible.

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