In May 2015, 29 data protection authorities in the world (of which the French CNIL - Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés), gathered in the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN - network of organizations operating within the OECD to protect privacy) and conducted a joint audit operation within 1494 sites and applications, called the Internet Sweep Day.
The objective was to check if the websites and applications visited by children and adolescents respected the rules protecting privacy. Conducted audits focused mainly on:
On the occasion of this audit, the CNIL examined 54 websites visited by children and adolescents. These sites covered various fields related to young audiences interests: games, educational offers, social network, but also access to TV channels, web news or tutoring.
As a result of this audit, the following conclusions were reached by the CNIL:
In order to cope with this lack of protection of personal data on the Internet, the CNIL has published some practical tips for parents and managers of sites aimed for minors: