A committee in the European Parliament is considering changing existing legislation so children under the age of 16 would need parental permission to use Facebook, Twitter and the like. There’s a vote to include a late amendment to a bill this coming Thursday.
The move is intended to protect a child’s personal data. The existing legislation applies to anyone under the age of 13.
But analysts have suggested that such a move would stop young people from learning stuff.
Facebook and other vendors are engaged in a frantic lobbying effort to throw out an amendment that could become law in just a few days.
The amendment has been proposed primarily to stop companies like Facebook from harvesting childrens’ data and using it to sell stuff to them.
Facebook doesn’t exactly saw how it uses peoples’ data but it seems pretty good at popping up ads based on the type of content a person uses.