The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the EU’s new and strengthened general framework for the protection of personal data. The GDPR directly applies in all EU countries since 25 May 2018. However, EU countries still need a national data protection law because the GDPR contains so-called opening clauses which leave member states discretion on some aspects.
For instance, the GDPR requires member states to set the minimum age at which children can give consent to the processing of their personal data when using information society services such as social media. Member states must choose between 13-16 years, below which a parent or guardian must give consent. This choice is impactful for companies, which must make reasonable efforts to verify that the user is over the age of consent and that consent is given or authorised by the holder of parental responsibility over the child.
Of the nine surveyed countries, most countries (i.e. Belgium, Spain, Sweden and the UK) have chosen to set the age of a valid child consent at 13 years. However, three countries (i.e. Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands) have chosen to set it at 16 years.
05 December 18
Webinar: Net neutrality: State of play in Europe
Watch the recording of this 1-hour webinar on the state of play of net neutrality in Europe, ahead of BEREC's evaluation of the net neutrality regulation and guidelines.
29 November 18
Key data on the Middle East and North Africa telecoms regulations landscape – now also covering Iraq
Cullen International published a new version of its Telecoms 'Country Profiles' for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. This updated edition now also includes coverage of Iraq, in addition to the 11 MENA countries previously covered.
22 November 18
Competition policy in the digital economy
Our new 'Tracker' lists the issues being considered in the discussions about the role and boundaries of the appropriate competition policy in the digital economy in Europe, giving an overview of EU and national level initiatives taken so far (cases, studies, sector inquiries).