Federal Legislation Needs Further Amendments to Protect Children'S Privacy

The Canadian government is working on new rules to protect children's privacy online, and one provision in particular is getting a lot of attention.

The Globe and Mail reports on an amendment to Bill C-27, which is working its way through Parliament, that would set the age of consent at 16, which is older than the UK's current age of 13, but younger than California's current age of 18.

The age of Internet adulthood is already established in the US, the EU, and Quebec, and this would align Canada with the laws elsewhere.

"This will help provide clarity to technology companies, kids, and parents; will help remove legal ambiguity; and align Canada with the laws elsewhere," writes Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist who testified before Parliament about children's privacy last year.

Haidt also wants the age of consent to be set at 18, which would be similar to the age of consent set by the US' COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Act), the EU's COPPA (General Data Protection Regulation), and Quebec's Bill 25.

But not everyone is thrilled with the proposed new age of consent.

"The age of Internet adulthood is a step in the right direction to protect Canadians' rights and needs in new ways that Read the Entire Article


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