29 Jun Finland Adopts Age Requirement for Social Media Users in 2018
In compliance to the European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation, Finnish authorities will be introducing local rules that sets an age restriction for setting up social media accounts. The directive will take effect on May 25, 2018.
Officials have yet to decide on an age threshold, but Anu Talus of the Justice Ministry says that the local data protection regulation sets the age at 16 years, but at the national level it could be 13 to 16 years.
The data protection regulation requires database administrators to make sure that users are a certain age prior to accessing their services. The Justice Ministry added that the age limit for such services at present, is not tied to the 15-year age limit for criminal liability in Finland.