British watchdog wants restrictions on find button for minors

The Information and Commissioner's Office (ICO), the British privacy regulator, wants to impose restrictions on the use of the find-me button on social media for minors. This is apparent from a proposal that the watchdog published on Monday (pdf).


The Information and Commissioner's Office (ICO), the British privacy regulator, wants to impose restrictions on the use of the find-me button on social media for minors. This is apparent from a proposal that the watchdog published on Monday (pdf).

Also functions that encourage users to log in every day should, according to the ICO, be made unusable by minors.

Social media such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter use find-me buttons that allow users to indicate that they value a message from another user. Snapchat is known for its 'snap sequence': a feature that encourages users to chat with someone every 24 hours.

Find-I-like buttons and series fall under so-called 'encouraging techniques' according to the ICO. These are options with which a platform wants to give its user a push in a certain direction, ultimately in favor of the company's earnings model.

This type of technology also includes screens on which users can choose 'yes' or 'no', but where one button is displayed much more prominently. This is done, for example, by making that button larger or by giving it a different color.

Guidelines must come into effect later this year

"Do not use encouraging techniques to encourage children to provide unnecessary personal data, disable privacy protection or to extend (personalized, ed.) Use (of the platform, ed.)," The ICO wishes. the proposal for directives for minors.

The desired ban on encouraging techniques is one of the 16 points with which the ICO wants to protect minors. Other requirements of the British regulator include that the platforms do not collect location data from minors and that the services must automatically use the most privacy-protecting institutions.

The proposal was made public on Monday to gather opinions. After May, the ICO will present a final version, which will be submitted to the British Parliament. The watchdog expects the guidelines to come into effect this year. Companies that do not adhere to it risk a fine from that moment on.

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REF: https://www.nu.nl/internet/5843973/britse-waakhond-wil-restricties-op-vind-ik-leukknop-bij-minderjarigen.html