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PPPA-AGEVER-01-2020: “Outline and trial an infrastructure dedicated to the implementation of child rights and protection mechanisms in the online domain”

PPPA-AGEVER-01-2020: “Outline and trial an infrastructure dedicated to the implementation of child rights and protection mechanisms in the online domain”

Comments by Cecilia Alvarez Rigaudias, EMEA Privacy Policy Director, Facebook, at the euCONSENT conference in Athens, 9 September 2021

“Verifying someone’s age is not as simple as it might sound. We have seen this, I think, in the contributions of all the other previous speakers.
It is generally acknowledged by policymakers, regulators and also, as we have seen, by researchers, at a global level, that age verification is a multifaceted issue for which, at present, there is not an agreed solution, which in itself speaks to the inherent challenges that are involved.
hese difficulties have been acknowledged by certain regulators in the European Union and the UK. They recognise that it is unlikely to be a one size fits all solution for all the”
Cecilia Alvarez Rigaudias, EMEA Privacy Policy Director, Facebook

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euConsent first pilot: testing a prototype of the euCONSENT solution with real users

The actual survey took place between September 20 and September 26, with 63 people participating in it. An invitation to participate in the survey was sent to the same families that participated in the research for understanding their views on age verification (earlier in the project), along with colleagues and partners of the members of the consortium. The results were then analysed and the respective findings are included in a specific report, with final results presented in the following.

The objective of this early pilot was to test a first prototype of the euCONSENT solution with real users. This allows us to gather valuable feedback regarding the usability of the system, and the overall user experience (UX), as well as identify and solve potential problems in the user journey before the implementation of the actual system. In order to achieve this goal, we opted for a quantitative approach, which allowed to test our prototype with a relatively high number of people.

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Can the internet be age appropriate, or at least not inappropriate or harmful? The promise of age verification and parental control tools

How can children’s experiences in a digital world be made age-appropriate or at the very least not age-inappropriate or harmful? The effort to achieve this, on the part of policymakers, businesses and parents/ caregivers, is primarily led by a concern to protect children from harm facilitated by digital technologies. Child protection measures, in turn, are typically designed as a matter of responsible (or reputational) business practice, to address public and parental concerns to manage children’s access to and safety in the digital environment and/or in response to regulatory requirements (whether legislation or co- or self-regulation).

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