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Term: Children’s Personal Data

Children’s personal data requires additional protection due to their limited awareness of data-sharing risks and their rights. Information addressed to children should be accessible and written in clear, plain language. Parental or guardian consent is typically needed to process a child’s data, with the age requirement varying by EU Member State.

The age threshold for obtaining parental consent is established by each EU Member State and can be between 13 and 16 years.

What does it mean for you?

Companies must use available technology to ensure the authenticity of the consent given, ensuring it aligns with legal requirements. This could mean employing age-check methods, such as posing a challenging question to ascertain the child’s age or asking for a parent’s email for documented approval.

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