In late 2015, the European Union revised its 20 year old ‘data privacy privacy directive’ into a unified law known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It includes child privacy protections that are similar to the United States Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. (COPPA). As with COPPA, the penalties for not complying are quite stiff, up to 2% of a company’s gross revenues. Companies that operate within the EU have a grace period until 2017 to modify their business and technology practices to comply with this law.
The AgeCheq service provides publishers with compliance with both GDPR and COPPA, with technology that has been designed for easy integration.
What’s New in GDPR?
Age of consent will vary between countries – GDPR allows each member of the union to determine the age of consent for children. Publishers will need to manage their privacy notice and consent systems according to the wishes of the country of each user. Some countries will choose age 13, while others will choose 16. This is different from the COPPA law, which specifies 13 as the age of consent.
Data Breach Reporting – Other new provisions state that operators of online services must provide notice of a data breach to their customers within 24 hours of finding out there was a problem.
AgeCheq Makes Worldwide Compliance Easy
Since 2013, app and website publishers have used the AgeCheq service to comply with COPPA. AgeCheq’s ‘single sign on’ model reduces parental effort to the absolute minimum while building their digital trust. As more and more app and game developers use AgeCheq, its value to parents increases because they can view and approve AgeCheq-enabled apps within seconds. As the only compliance system in the world specifically built for mobile apps and websites, AgeCheq’s technology gives developers a highly optimized single integration point for compliance with the major privacy regulations around the world, including COPPA and GDPR.