A Review of Age Verification Mechanism for 10 Social Media Apps

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Title: A Review of Age Verification Mechanism for 10 Social Media Apps
Authors: Pasquale, LilianaZippo, Paola
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/11991
Date: 21-May-2020
Online since: 2021-02-25T15:40:15Z
Abstract: In this study we analyze the 10 most used apps among children aged 8-12: Snapchat, Instagram, Tiktok, Viber, Skype, Facebook, HouseParty, Discord, Messenger, WhatsApp. For each application we assess whether the terms of use specify a minimum age that is compliant with the GDPR and whether the specified age is the same across all EU countries. We also verify whether each app provides mechanisms to verify the age of the user and how easy is to circumvent the verification mechanisms. The remainder of this report discusses the results of our study providing evidence to support the answers provided for each question.
Funding Details: European Commission Horizon 2020
Science Foundation Ireland
Funding Details: CyberSafe Ireland
Type of material: Technical Report
Publisher: CyberSafe Ireland
Keywords: Social media appsGDPRAge restrictionsCircumvention
Other versions: https://www.cybersafekids.ie/
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
This item is made available under a Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/
Appears in Collections:Computer Science Research Collection

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