Extracts from the EC Midday press briefing by Jonathan Todd, spokesperson of Neelie Kroes, on the fact that only two social networking sites protect privacy of minors' profiles by default
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 21/06/2011 First transmission: 21/06/2011
At the EC Midday press briefing on 21 June 2011, Jonathan Todd, spokesperson of Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of the Digital Agenda, explained that only two social networking sites (Bebo and MySpace) tested on behalf of the European Commission have default settings to make minors' profiles accessible only to their approved list of contacts and only 4 sites ensure minors can be contacted by default by friends only (Bebo, MySpace, Netlog and SchuelerVZ). However, a majority of 14 social networking sites tested do give minors age-appropriate safety information, respond to requests for help and prevent minors' profiles from being searched via external search engines. The number of minors using social networking sites in the EU is growing - currently 77% of 13-16 year olds and 38% of 9-12 year olds who use the Internet.
The results feature in a report published by the Commission on implementation of the "Safer Social Networking Principles for the EU", a self-regulatory agreement brokered by the Commission in 2009 to keep children safe online. As part of the objective set by the Digital Agenda for Europe to enhance trust in the Internet, the Commission has launched a review of the current self-regulatory agreements for the protection of minors online.
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||General view of the press briefing by Jonathan Todd, spokesperson of Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of the Digital Agenda
||Soundbite by Jonathan Todd (in ENGLISH) saying that the results are very disappointing when it comes to the protection of minors' profiles by default; only two of the 14 social networking sites which are covered by the report have default settings to make sure that minors' profiles are accessible only to their approved list of contacts.
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||Soundbite by Jonathan Todd (in ENGLISH) saying that the news is not all bad because a majority of the social networking sites, for example, do give age appropriate safety information; they do respond to request for help and they do prevent minors profiles from being searched via external search engines; but nevertheless, clearly, the Commission is not happy with the situation.
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||Soundbite by Jonathan Todd (in ENGLISH) saying that the social networking sites, as part of the Commission's discussions on the review of the current principles, as the survey shows, is a continuing problem; and therefore, the Commission would like the new version of these principles to address this issue.