A ban on parents using their own personal social media accounts to communicate with their children has been declared in Spain.
Parents can no longer use Facebook, Twitter or other social media to communicate directly with their kids, the Catalan government announced.
It comes after Spain’s new anti-terror law came into force on Tuesday and forced social media companies to retain the information of their users for up to three years.
The legislation also requires them to delete accounts which are “spreading false information”, and is expected to result in up to $200m in fines to social media giants.
Spain’s new national anti-terrorism law Cecilio Berlusconi is also due to be passed by the Catalan Parliament on Tuesday, after it was approved by a super-majority of the lower house of parliament in October.
The controversial law, which was designed to combat terrorism by targeting “terrorist organisations”, was backed by the government and signed into law by Spain’s centre-right PP president, Artur Mas, on June 1.
Citizens of the EU are encouraged to take up jobs in the sector, but this should be based on skills and experience, according to the Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy.
‘It’s just a matter of time’It is important to make sure that people are not being deceived, said Ms María Cunha, of the Spanish Association for Civil Liberties.
“It is not a new law.
It has been in the works for a while.
We are in a crisis.”
Ms Cunhas been working on the legislation for a year, and she has been working with her colleagues from social media and media companies.
They have worked with Ms Mariano and other officials to ensure that there is a thorough understanding of the new legislation and the social media platforms involved.
However, she said the ban will only be in place until the Catalan authorities can convince the courts to lift it.
In a statement on Tuesday morning, Ms Marianh said that the government was looking at how to strengthen the law to protect children’s privacy, while at the same time it was also looking to ensure the safety of those using social media.
“The Spanish Government is working with the Spanish Parliament and social media providers to find ways to strengthen and enhance the law, and to provide more information to parents and grandparents in the process,” the statement read.
Mr Berluscones administration has been accused of not doing enough to protect the Catalan people’s privacy in the face of the rise of anti-establishment protests in the region.
A Spanish court on Wednesday ordered Facebook to retain data on more than 100,000 Catalan citizens who are using their accounts to support their local independence campaign.
An appeal on Thursday is expected.
Spanish law already allows parents to use their own Facebook accounts to reach their children, but under the new law, parents can no more use their accounts for any purpose other than to communicate about the needs of their children.
This includes using their Facebook profiles for “private messages”, but it can be used for anything related to the child’s education.
According to Ms Maricanh, parents should be able to access their account information as they have been for the last three years, but they are not able to contact their children or their parents.
“What they can do is send emails, post tweets, share content, whatever they want, but I think they are still under the impression that they are free to use the account,” she said.
“They are not.”