Are young people too willing to share personal information online? In an age of social media and mobile devices, every teenybopper with a smart phone could potentially be broadcasting to millions of people around the globe. But are they aware of the value of their personal data? Do they see that data as currency to be traded for online services?
As part of our Debating Europe Schools series, we’ve been taking questions from students from across Europe to policymakers and experts for them to answer. For today’s debate, we had questions sent in on video games in the classroom from students from the University of Leipzig and the Leuphana Universität Lünenburg, both from Germany.
Our first question came from Charlotte, a student at the Leuphana Universität Lünenburg in Germany. She wanted to know how the internet has changed our expectations of privacy.
To get a response, we spoke to Mathilde Fiquet, EU Legal Affairs Manager for the Federation of European Direct and Interactive Marketing (FEDMA). As an organisation representing digital marketers (i.e. companies who have an active interest in gaining access to data from consumers so they can more effectively advertise to them) what would she say?
Our next question came from Dianta, a student at the University of Leipzig, also in Germany. She wanted to know whether policymakers should consider introducing courses on privacy in primary schools.
To get a reaction, we spoke to Therese Comodini Cachia, a Maltese MEP who sits with the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament. What would she say to Dianta?
Do young people care enough about their privacy online? Are they aware of the value of their personal data? Should children be taught the value of privacy in school? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below, and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions.