Worldwide, policymakers, in response to measurable threats and harms to children online and due to a desire to make the Internet safer for children, are updating existing and issuing new age verification and assurance regulations. Age verification is the practice of verifying an individual’s age. Age assurance is a process of verifying or estimating, with a level of certainty and accuracy, an individual’s age.
The goal of this paper is to document and share the prevailing consensus on what is happening with AGE assurance regulations — how regulations and the field are most likely to evolve and what actions organizations will likely be required to take to comply with the new regulations and technical demands.
Age assurance is the collective term used globally to refer to the processes and technologies used to verify an individual’s age, estimate an individual’s age, and determine with a level of certainty that an individual’s claimed or estimated age is accurate (i.e., truthful, substantiated, and verifiable).
We discuss why age verification and assurance matters and what you and your organization should consider to help make the internet a safer place for children and to protect your organization.
Contents in brief
Online Child Safety: Overview and Harms
On The Rise: Regulations and Government Initiatives
Objections to Age Verification
State of the Art: Age Verification and Assurance
What The Future Holds: Predictions and Recommendations
Key Terms Underpinning of the Future of Personal Data