Category Archives: Age verification

Looks like 13 for the UK

Yesterday the British government announced its intention to bring a Bill to Parliament to enact the provisions of the GDPR, thereby embedding them in UK law. Brexit? What Brexit? The story led the news throughout the day. There is no … Continue reading

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Ireland heading for 13

As expected it looks as if Ireland is going to end up with 13 as the age of consent for data purposes under the GDPR. This was the recommendation of Dr. Geoffrey Shannon, the Irish special rapporteur on child protection. … Continue reading

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As I would have said….

Yesterday I appeared on BBC Radio 4’s “World at One”, the current affairs lunchtime slot. If you download the podcast you’ll find the interview starts at 36 minutes and 55 seconds. Why was there a story in the first place? That … Continue reading

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Limiting play time

Interesting story from China. Tencent Holdings – seemingly China’s biggest gaming and social media business measured by revenues- runs a very popular multi-player game called “Honour Kings”. It is said it now has over 200 million users, mostly in China, … Continue reading

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Austria adopts 14 for GDPR minimum age

Austria adopts GDPR law.  Last week they chose 14 as the minimum age for data consent. Italy may also go for 14 so as to ensure consistency with a new national law on bullying. Ditto Estonia. They are actively considering … Continue reading

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The GDPR – still huge uncertainties

Courtesy of European Schoolnet, Ghent University and KU Leuven,   a great many leading experts from the privacy world and the children’s world gathered last Friday in Brussels for the first open and serious EU-wide discussion on the implications of … Continue reading

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GDPR – Chapter 724

The UK’s children’s organizations have submitted a detailed note to our data protection authority – the Office of the Information Commissioner.  I won’t try to summarise it here. You can download it from the CHIS website. If you have any … Continue reading

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