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Safer Internet Day is not just on 5 February, but everyday - Looking back on a year of changes in EU policy
- BIK Team
With Safer Internet Day (SID) just around the corner, it's time to take a look back at what has changed since the last edition for both decision makers and industry. This year, SID 2019 celebrations are taking place on Tuesday, 5 February 2019 all around the world, with more than 140 countries involved. The campaign's slogan, "Together for a better internet", is a call to action for all stakeholders to join together and play their part in creating a better internet for everyone, and especially for children and young people.Read more
- FSM, the German hotline
Since May 2018, the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been in force throughout Europe. It is intended to harmonise data protection laws across all European Member States. Providers of online content for children in particular have been uncertain about the GDPR and their duties on how to implement the requirements in a legally compliant manner and at the same time achieve the best possible awareness among the target groups of children, young people, parents and media education specialists.Read more
- Estonian Safer Internet Centre
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union entered into force on Friday, 25 May 2018. Although the media in Estonia has quite thoroughly covered the changing data protection rights, they have not paid attention to children's rights. What does the new data protection framework mean for children?Read more
The changing patchwork of the child's age of consent for data processing across the EU (January 2019)
- Ingrida Milkaite and Eva Lievens, Ghent University
Eight months have passed since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became applicable across the European Union (EU) in May 2018. This new update focuses on the most recent situation in terms of the age that has been decided upon by national government when implementing article 8 GDPR, final implementation laws adopted by most countries and specific provisions certain states include in their (updated) legislation.Read more
- Danish Safer Internet Centre
- Greek Safer Internet Centre
The third meeting of the Greek Safer Internet Centre's (SIC) Advisory Board took place on Tuesday, 13 November 2018, gathering representatives of the state, industry, the academic community and child protection organisations. The discussions focused on the changes in the protection of children's online privacy that are still pending, even after the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).Read more
- BIK Team
Friday, 25 May 2018 marked a turning point in Europe in terms of data protection thanks to the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) which came into force precisely one week ago. The GDPR, however, is a very complex set of regulations leaving many a company and professional confused. When it comes to children and youth in particular, it is even more important that they know their rights under the new legislation, in order to be in control of their personal data.Read more
- UK Safer Internet Centre
With the imminent introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into force across Europe on Friday, 25 May 2018, many are struggling to understand what this means in practice. Here, Will Earp, Digital Experience Manager at the South West Grid for Learning (one of the partner organisations in the UK Safer Internet Centre (SIC)), takes a look at the rush for many online service providers to update their privacy policies.Read more
- UK Safer Internet Centre
With the imminent introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into force across Europe on Friday, 25 May 2018, many are struggling to understand what this means in practice. Here, Will Earp, Digital Experience Manager at the South West Grid for Learning (one of the partner organisations in the UK Safer Internet Centre (SIC)), takes a look at particular considerations for schools.Read more
- Austrian Safer Internet Centre
As of May 2018, with the entry into force of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), stronger rules will apply on data protection. The Austrian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) has looked at the measures taken by the largest social networks such as Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, YouTube and Musical.ly regarding the minimum age guidelines for their usage.Read more