UK bans likes on social media for under 18

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Youngsters in the UK are to face new privacy settings on their social media accounts. The British Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is set to regulate a policy for online privacy. Apart from umpteen features like high privacy by default, inactivation of location tracking and robust age verification mechanisms, the privacy regulator has a 16 rule-code. Tech firms for instance, will not be able to use ‘nudge techniques’. The ICO suggests that techniques likes and streaks nudges children to share more personal information. Through streaks, two friends can send direct ‘snaps’- photos and videos on consecutive days.

The ICO suggests that under the General Data Protection Regulation, tech firms will undergo punishments including fines of up to 20 million euros (£17.2m) or 4% of their worldwide turnover. Draft rules which were released for consultation will be out until May 31. The final version is will allegedly come into effect by 2020.