Austria adopts 14 for GDPR minimum age

Austria adopts GDPR law.  Last week they chose 14 as the minimum age for data consent.

Italy may also go for 14 so as to ensure consistency with a new national law on bullying. Ditto Estonia. They are actively considering 14 to maintain consistency with pre-existing but related laws.

The word is Spain is considering 13 – which is weird because they already have 14. Maybe they will decide to stick with 14 when they see how things go elsewhere.

Hey ho.

Variety is the spice of life but nobody has worked out the implications of there being different age limits working on the same Apps and sites.

I guess a difference between 13 and 14  may not be critical. Of course any departure from 13 is going to cause headaches somewhere along the line not least because so much literature and other materials will need to be altered. But how radical would the impact be otherwise?


If you hear anything about what other countries in the EU are doing/deciding please let me know asap.


About John Carr

John Carr is one of the world's leading authorities on children's and young people's use of digital technologies. He is Senior Technical Adviser to Bangkok-based global NGO ECPAT International, Technical Adviser to the European NGO Alliance for Child Safety Online, which is administered by Save the Children Italy and an Advisory Council Member of Beyond Borders (Canada). Amongst other things John is or has been an Adviser to the United Nations, ITU, the European Union, the Council of Europe and European Union Agency for Network and Information Security and is a former Executive Board Member of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety. He is Secretary of the UK's Children's Charities' Coalition on Internet Safety. John has advised many of the world's largest internet companies on online child safety. In June, 2012, John was appointed a Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. This was renewed in 2018. More:
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