Database for age-appropriate privacy settings
Industry leaders from across the ICT sector value chain have come together by the initiative of Commissioner Kroes to form a CEO coalition for ‘Making the Internet a better place for children’. One of the tasks of the coalition was to exchange experience and knowledge on how to best ensure that minors are best equipped to protect their privacy online. The availability of age-appropriate privacy settings is an essential requirement for ICT companies in their efforts to ensure that children stay safe online.
This cross—industry effort has resulted in a comprehensive and comparative database inclusive of all sectors that illustrates the current practices of CEO coalition members when it comes to age-appropriate privacysettings for minors. This database can serve as a tool for parents, educators and children when choosing a service provider. It also gives an opportunity to companies to be transparent about their practices. The next milestone for this working group is to recommend industry best-practices on age-appropriate privacy settings.