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How protecting the privacy of your children's data is changing

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Published at 5:06pm 27th March 2018. (Updated at 12:10pm 28th March 2018)

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How could the upcoming changes in data protection help parents keep their children safe online? 

You may have been hearing recently about GDPR which will be changing how companies are allowed to handle personal data. Coming into effect from 25th May 2018, new regulations will be adding an extra level of control and security to individuals.

For parents in particular, safety online is critical, particularly when you consider the prevalence of online activities for under 18's including online gaming, apps and social media.


So what is GDPR?

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) will be the biggest change in how data is dealt with since 1998 and considering how much more data is used now than 20 years ago, many agree that it's about time. 

It involves the reassurance that when you give away your personal details (name, address, phone number, email, bank details etc) that the information will be kept as safe as possible. 

The new rules will be putting YOU back in control of YOUR data, giving you options and choices of what data is stored, what it's used for and who it's allowed to go to. 

In an age where too many people are affected by cyber crime on a daily basis, keeping your data safe is vital. 

What should parents know about GDPR?

Whether it's through social media, phone apps, buying things from the internet, thumbprint recognition or anything in between, making sure your children's personal details are looked after as well as your own is very important. In fact, regulations are often stricter with under 18's that with adults. 

Checking security settings on anything that children use day to day including social media, emails or browsing is one easy way to increase privacy.  

It's also important to establish conversations and educate young people around the importance keeping personal details secure, and what can happen if you're a victim of cyber crime. 

3 Simple things to remember about GDPR...

  1. It is your RIGHT to be forgotten - You have consent to ask a company to delete all information they have on you if it's unnecessary or has been unlawfully obtained.
  2. You have the RIGHT to access your data - free of charge  any company is obliged to give this to you if you ask for it. 
  3. You have the RIGHT to object - if you haven't consented to a company having your data including PPI calls or spam mail for example.

Catherine Barker, the Compliance Officer from CNG in Harrogate who supply gas talked to Will Smith on Stray FM's Family Show. 

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