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The United Kingdom is taking steps to protect children’s privacy on social media by banning “nudge tactics” that encourage users to spend more time online.
“In an age when children learn how to use a tablet before they can ride a bike, making sure they have the freedom to play, learn and explore in the digital world is of paramount importance,” says U.K. Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham CBE, in a statement released by the Information Commissioner’s Office Monday. Denham’s office is looking for feedback as it continues a consultation running until May 31, according to BBC News.
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Parents worry about a lot of things and in this digital age they also worry about whether their children are protected online. Our code will help.
The new code lays out 16 standards that social media companies and online services must meet, according to the Information Commissioner’s Office.
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“It’s not restricted to services specifically directed at children,” Denham wrote of the new restrictions. “The code says that the best interests of the child should be a primary consideration when designing and developing online services. It says that privacy must be built in and not bolted on.”
“Nudge techniques should not be used to encourage children to provide unnecessary personal data, weaken or turn off their privacy settings or keep on using the service. It also addresses issues of parental control and profiling.”
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“Social networks have continually failed to prioritise child safety in their design,...
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