The General Data Protection Regulation is set to be enforced into all EU member states by May 2018. So, what is the GDPR and why are the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors around the country supporting the campaign against it?
The GDPR is said to ‘harmonise data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens’ data privacy’ and will be the most important change to laws regarding data privacy in 20 years.
It will restrict the age at which individuals can lawfully give consent as well as regulating the way online services obtain children’s consent. Article 8 in the new regulation states children under the age of 16 will need parental consent when accessing ‘information society services’ such as social media.
However, it allows member states to adjust that limit to anywhere between 13 and 16. The campaign to lower the age restriction is already underway! To join the campaign or give your opinions, share them on https://www.facebook.com/GDPRhaveyoursay/
As teenagers brought up in a society heavily influenced by technology, we will be affected by this because our freedom of speech/ thought and the freedom to access and share information is being restricted. Research has show, by the age of 13, teenagers are adept at reasoning so why are teenagers being asked to become dependant on their parents? It seems politicians think teenagers are untrustworthy and lack responsibility… lets prove them wrong.
By supporting the campaign, you are helping to create a stronger force to combat the restrictions put in place by the GDPR regulations. Teenagers should be allowed control over their own social media accounts and other sites which might help some feel a sense of community.
For more information about the GDPR changes, visit: https://www.eugdpr.org/the-regulation.html
How it affects young people: https://www.itgovernance.eu/blog/en/the-gdpr-and-child-consent/
Keep a look out for new blog posts about the GDPR campaign, as well as on our Twitter page: https://twitter.com/AGGantibullying