France aims to protect kids from parents oversharing pics online

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France aims to protect kids from parents oversharing pics online
Short Title France aims to protect kids from parents oversharing pics online
Location France
Date 28th February 2023

Solove Harm Increased Accessibility, Exclusion, Disclosure
Information Family, Some personal info, Social Network, Physical Characteristic, Location
Threat Actors Parents sharing their children photos online

Individuals
Affected Child
High Risk Groups Children
Tangible Harms Embarrassment, Loss of Trust, Change of Behavior, Change of feelings or perception

The increase in parents sharing video and photo footage of their underage children on social media is threatening the kids' privacy, and France has been trying to limit it.

Description

The term "sharenting" - a combination of both "sharing" and "parenting" - has been coined to refer to the habit of parents publicising information about their children through social media. Not only might this not please the children, who are typically not even old enough to have their own personal accounts based on the age-restriction limitations of the website, but a more sinister potential outcome is child sexual abusers further propagating this footage across the web and putting the kids in danger. According to Solove's Taxonomy, it can be argued that there are three main privacy harms to be observed from this event - Increased Accessibility, Exclusion, and Disclosure. The presence of Increased Accessibility is evident in this case. Personal information about the children being distributed online is a direct instance of information dissemination. Names, dates, locations, and familiar relatives are just a few of the details that may be made public. This revealing of truthful information may give way to the Disclosure harm taking effect. With a potential abundance of private information on a non-consenting child, other social media users can quickly make their own inflated reservations and perceptions of the kid for better or for worse. What's more is that this can have an even worse effect on the child if they were unaware of their information being disseminated across social media. This may be representative of Solove's Exclusion harm, where a lack of knowledge of who has access to one's information can make it even harder to protect it.

France settled upon a new piece of legislation that takes note of child privacy under parental duties and will hopefully serve to protect younger individuals across the internet in the long run.

Laws and Regulations

Sources

https://www.politico.eu/article/emmanuel-macron-france-law-aims-to-protect-kids-against-oversharing-parents/