Social Media, Youth and GDPR | CyberSecuritySpeak

Racepoint Global

Written by: Sia Mehta – Assistant Client Executive, Racepoint Global UK

Happy GDPR implementation day! The long-awaited day has finally come and while it probably won’t quite go down as one of those “where were you when…” days but it is still momentous.

GDPR finds itself perched at the top of trending lists across social media as it really enters the public consciousness, particularly those who might not have been tuned in until now. For instance, children under 16 who have grown-up with the innate habit to skip through terms and conditions pages; those who are also the most voracious users of social media.

It’s those same under-16s who, thanks to GDPR, are faced with being locked out of their beloved Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp accounts. New rules mean that processing the data of those under 16 requires the consent of a parent or guardian. Without even touching on how the social media accounts and parents of teenagers rarely mix, this obviously throws up some interesting questions on the role of legislation to protect versus user freedom.

These are very lofty and deep questions, of course, but what’s also interesting is how this will be communicated moving forward. In the B2B space, GDPR and cybersecurity understanding – while still not perfect – has been developed over a number of years. This has slowly filtered through to a wider audience and anyone paying the slightest bit of attention to their personal email will have cottoned on that something was afoot.

But children and teenagers are a different audience entirely, with different attitudes to privacy and a different way of consuming information. For these mega-brands who count under-16s as a significant portion of their user base, time will tell if they have told this story effectively.

News Round-Up


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The Register

Social networks have already violated the spirit of GDPR

Social networks, including Facebook, appear to be using GDPR to make their platforms less transparent to researchers and ultimately users.

Computer Weekly

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