Resolving Privacy Paradox of Kids’ Online Age Verification

Privacy fellow, Paula Bruening, explores how these stringent compliance requirements may pose challenges for small companies, including with respect to their privacy and data minimization obligations.

Since President Joe Biden’s 2022 State of the Union address, where he emphasized the importance of children’s privacy, significant strides have been made to address the issue. Congressional action followed with the introduction and movement of proposals like the Kids’ Online Safety Act (KOSA) and COPPA 2.0. Both bills emphasize verifying users’ ages before data collection. While age verification is crucial, its complexities are evident for small businesses and may require significant additional personal data collection.