Teenagers under 16 could be banned from Facebook, Instagram and more in EU’s countries

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The digital age of consent will be raised so from 13 to 16. A very recent amendment to Europe’s Data Protection Regulation, says “The processing of personal data of a child below the age of 16 years shall only be lawful if and to the extent that such consent is given or authorized by the holder of parental responsibility over the child.” It will be the case of millions of teenagers under 16. Countries would then have two years to implement the law. Failing to comply with the new legislation would mean big fines and even the possibility to turn off companies. This decision generated strong opposition not only from the part of the companies but also from the part of many experts who consider, based on various motivations, that the effect will not be the supposed good one.

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