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Privacy literacy, consent and vulnerable users: children and the General Data Protection Regulation

Oxford Internet Institute

In the lively debate about privacy and data protection in the digital age, the voices and experiences of children are largely absent, as is attention to their specific needs, rights and opportunities beyond, arguably, a panicky risk discourse that presumptively speaks for yet rarely hears from children. This is problematic because children constitute a significant segment of the online population, often pioneering in their adoption of new services and experimental in their digital practices, not easily incorporated into discussions of ‘the population’ or ‘the public’ or ‘users’ as a generality.

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