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Parliamentary questions
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21 February 2019
Question for written answer E-000965-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Carlos Coelho (PPE)

 Subject:  Protection of children as regards social networking apps
 Answer in writing 

Online dating apps such as Tinder or Grindr are used by millions of people all over the world. Many Europeans use these apps, which operate on European soil and hence are subject to European jurisdiction.

According to recent media reports, paedophilia and sex abuse cases involving child users of apps of this kind have been occurring in Europe. We must be ruthless when it comes to condemning these abominable crimes and prosecuting the offenders.

Given that there are many applications of this type operating in Europe, that dangers arise from misuse or illicit files on children, and that protecting children is a challenge which cuts across national borders:

1. Does the Commission understand the extent of the problem caused by children’s misuse of these apps?
2. Does it have any figures available on crime linked to misuse of these apps?
3. What actions and measures will it propose or implement, where appropriate in collaboration with app providers, to prevent such crimes and protect children in the EU?

Original language of question: PT 
Last updated: 6 March 2019Legal notice