Australia Sets New Digital Bill to Protect Children

Australia Sets New Digital Bill to Protect Children

Australia has adopted a new digital bill, to protect minors. Under the law, social media platforms must provide parental consent for users under 16 years of age.

Ummatimes - In a statement, Attorney General Michaelia Cash and Assistant Prime Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, David Coleman, said privacy laws aim to protect Australians in the digital age. Under the Privacy Amendment Act (Improving Online Privacy and Other Measures), social media services, data brokers and other major online platforms operating in Australia will be bound to follow a privacy code. Online platforms must comply with strict new privacy requirements, including stronger protections for children on social media.

“We know that Australians are wary of the personal information they provide to big technology companies. We ensure their data and privacy are protected and handled with care. This bill means that these companies will be severely punished if they don't meet those standards," said Attorney General Michaelia Cash.

The Online Privacy Bill will also promote tougher law enforcement. This enables the Australian Information Commissioner's Office to resolve issues more effectively and efficiently.

“In Australia, even before the Covid-19 pandemic, there was a consistent increase in signs of distress and mental illness among young people. While the reasons are diverse and complex, we know that social media is part of the problem,” said David Coleman.

Coleman said the bill would provide strong family protections, and required fundamental changes to the way social media platforms operate in Australia. Coleman asserted, the new bill will lead the world in protecting children on the internet.

 "Social media companies cannot be trusted to act in the best interests of children, so we will force them to do so. New laws issued by governments today will lead the world in protecting children's privacy online," Coleman said.