California Passes Law to Protect Children's Data Online [telecom]

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the California Age-Appropriate
Design Code Act (the Act) into law last week. This new law will
require those online service providers likely to be accessed by
children under 18 years old to comply with heightened privacy
requirements, including incorporating privacy-by-default and
privacy-by-design into their products. The 18-year age threshold for
defining a child online is several years higher than the federal
standard set by the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, which
protects data collected from online users under 13. The bulk of the
new bill requires online service providers to complete a Data
Protection Impact Assessment for any online service, product, or
feature likely to be accessed by children. The bill additionally
prohibits businesses from using children's data for any purpose other
than the reason for which it was originally collected and requires
them to prioritize children's well-being over business considerations.
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