MovieStarPlanet has vast experience working with children’s data privacy regulations through having been certified as COPPA compliant by TRUSTe in the United States. We are following the European development carefully and preparing for appropriate course of action, once EU Member States have reached their decision on age threshold.
MovieStarPlanet have been closely following developments in relation to the reform of the EU Data Protection Regulation and how this will affect the service we provide to children in terms of online privacy and data protection.
In December 2015, The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission reached agreement on the new data protection rules. This will establish a modern and harmonised data protection framework across the EU. Each EU member state has to implement the new data protection rules by May 2018.
In terms of the rules that will affect children and their use of social networking sites, there are significant changes that member states have to legislate for. To comply with the New European Data Protection Regulation, MovieStarPlanet is reviewing its current data collection processes. Consent for processing the data of a child must be given or authorised by the holder of the parental responsibility over the child. The age threshold is for Member States to define within a range of 13 to 16 years’.
The aim of this specific provision aims at protecting children from being pressured to share personal data without fully realising the consequences. It is impossible for online social networking services to make changes until each member state decides what age they will implement for when parental permission is required.
“We do not collect any personal information on our users unless it is absolutely necessary and any data that is collected is stored correctly and confidentially. We are awaiting the interpretation and implementation on the appropriate age for parental consent in relation to children accessing Social Networking Services. The European Data Protection Regulation has given an age range of 13 to 16 in which parental permission must be asked for when a child accesses online social networking services. Member states need to decide what the age will be before we can act on this.”, says Head of Safety, Vernon Jones.
MovieStarPlanet has experience in working with similar children’s privacy legislation through our operational site in the United States, where the COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) legislation has been enacted since 1998. MovieStarPlanet has been certified as being COPPA compliant by TRUSTe, who have been approved by the Federal Trade Commission as a COPPA Safe Harbour certification provider since 2001.
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