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Re: Minimum Age verification

From: Hall, Charles (DET-MRM) <Charles.Hall@mrm-mccann.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:46:14 +0000
To: Richard Dunne <richarddunnebsc@gmail.com>, Miguel Casas <mcasas@google.com>, "public-wicg@w3.org" <public-wicg@w3.org>
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It seems to me that this is a legal question before it is a technical implementation question.

Every country has unique laws governing age requirements for specific types of content and experiences.

Any standard for implementation would need to be configurable for each regional market, country and locale.

For example, in the U.S., we have COPPA<https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/rules/rulemaking-regulatory-reform-proceedings/childrens-online-privacy-protection-rule> - which is governed by the FTC. Essentially, to adhere to the law, implementation only requires self reporting of a minor and verification of that report by an adult. There is no oversight in enforcing that the adult account in the process be authenticated as a valid of-age human. So, there is not enough demand or incentive to provide a standard for that authentication.

Please correct me if I am wrong.


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From: Richard Dunne <richarddunnebsc@gmail.com<mailto:richarddunnebsc@gmail.com>>
Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 1:34 PM
To: Miguel Casas <mcasas@google.com<mailto:mcasas@google.com>>, "public-wicg@w3.org<mailto:public-wicg@w3.org>" <public-wicg@w3.org<mailto:public-wicg@w3.org>>
Subject: Re: Minimum Age verification
Resent-From: <public-wicg@w3.org<mailto:public-wicg@w3.org>>
Resent-Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 1:35 PM

Hi Miguel,

Pertaining to the web in general.  I was just wondering if there was any individual or groups known to be looking into it, if there was a viable solution in the works.  If not, is it something the w3 would consider worth looking at as a new platform feature?


Richard Dunne.

On Thu, 29 Sep 2016 at 18:09 Miguel Casas <mcasas@google.com<mailto:mcasas@google.com>> wrote:
Is this in relation to any particular API, or just pertaining to the Web in general?

On 29 September 2016 at 07:01, Richard Dunne <richarddunnebsc@gmail.com<mailto:richarddunnebsc@gmail.com>> wrote:
Is minimum age verification possible to enforce?  In context, to be able to distinguish between adults(18+) and children(minors/under 18).

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