The European Commission has published a second report on progress made following the conclusion by 21 social networking service providers of an agreement aimed at improving child safety online. Reviews were conducted earlier this year in respect of a number of social networking platforms including Skyrock (blogging); Xbox Live (gaming); YouTube, Dailymotion, Flickr (photo / video sharing); Windows Live (which has some social networking functionalities) and Yahoo! Pulse (which allows for the creation of personal profiles with the possibility of uploading blog entries, photos and updates). It was found that only a very limited number of platforms had default settings making the personal data of those under the age of 18 visible only to their approved contacts. The results of the research, as well as this report and its predecessor, will be incorporated in a comprehensive initiative aimed at child protection in connection with the use of modern technologies, which should be rolled out before the end of the year.
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