UK demands new protection laws on social media apps
Apr 15, 2019
To prevent children and teens from sharing too much personal information on social media, the Information Commissioner's Office has set laws for tech firms like Facebook and Snapchat to raise the protection and security policies for underage people on the apps. The ICO believes that likes and streaks increase the chance of interacting with other people for more time than necessary making users more exposed to malicious threats. Location trackers are set to be disabled by default and users need to be clearly advised on what the app is doing with clear visual cues. Tech firms that don't comply with this will face fines of up to 20 million euros or 4% of their worldwide revenue.