As mange countries in the world are gearing up to protect children online, new technical solutions are introduced. One of the latest examples is the technical solution ConsentCheq that makes it possible to meet the California Consumer Privacy Act’s (CCPA) and its successor the California Privacy Rights Act’s (CPRA) requirements to opt-out for children aged 13-16. The so-called Mid-Kids.
According to these Acts children under 17 must be provided with clear privacy information and must give their consent prior to any private data collection or sale. And according to PrivacyCheq their service, ConsentCheq, now facilitates this entire procedure, in addition to handling COPPA for children under 13.
But according to PrivacyCheq the service does not only relate to CCPA or COPPA. No, their service: “gives enterprises an elegant “single solution” for parent/child privacy management under COPPA (in the US), GDPR (in the EU), CCPA and CPRA (in California) and LGPD (in Brazil).
But actually the California Act is protecting Mid Kid’s data better than the GDPR in some of the countries in the EU.
According to the European General Data Regulation (GDPR) the processing of the personal data of a child shall be lawful, where the child is at least 16 years old. Where the child is below the age of 16 years, such processing shall be lawful only if and to the extent that consent is given or authorised by the holder of parental responsibility over the child. But some member States have provided by law for a lower age down to the age of 13. Denmark, Sweden and Belgium are some of the countries where children at 14 don’t enjoy any special data protection as compared to adults.
And that’s a shame. For the Mid-Kids. But not for the tech companies. Because children is increasingly such a great market.