The French parliament voted on Thursday to oblige social networks such as TikTok, Snapchat and Instagram to verify the age of users and obtain parental consent when the user of the platform is under the age of 15.
The bill won the support of the Senate after it was unanimously approved by the French National Assembly.
The date of entry into force of the text is not yet known, as this depends precisely on the European Commission's opinion on its conformity with EU law.
Social networks will have one year to implement the law with new users and two years to implement it with already active accounts, although technical details are still being researched.
The law setting the age of 15 is not new, as it began to be adopted in France in 2018 during the application of one of the European laws.
But the previous law that referred to this minimum was related to the age at which parental consent is necessary for the social network to use the personal data of the minor and not to open an account.
If they violate the law, social networks face a fine of up to 1% of the network's global revenue.
The law allows a parent to request the suspension of the account of those under the age of 15, while requiring social networks to activate a monitoring device for when minors use their accounts.