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Friday, July 01, 2022

California lawmakers met in Sacramento today to discuss, among other things, proposed legislation to protect children online. The bill, AB2273, known as The California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act, would require websites to verify the ages of visitors.

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...Critics of the legislation contend this requirement threatens the privacy of adults and the ability to use the internet anonymously, in California and likely elsewhere, because of the role the Golden State's tech companies play on the internet.

"First, the bill pretextually claims to protect children, but it will change the Internet for everyone," said Eric Goldman, Santa Clara University School of Law professor, in a blog post. "In order to determine who is a child, websites and apps will have to authenticate the age of ALL consumers before they can use the service. No one wants this."

The bill, Goldman argues, will put an end to casual web browsing, forcing companies to collect personal information they don't want to store and protect " and that consumers don't want to provide " in order to authenticate the age of visitors. And since age authentication generally requires identity details, that threatens the ability to use the internet anonymously....


aside: apologies for my original headline here. I struggled to hit the 60-character limit, and it shows...

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-06-30 09:59 PM | Reply

"require websites to verify the ages of visitors."

Sounds impossible.

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-06-30 10:06 PM | Reply

@#2 ... Sounds impossible. ...

From what I've read, it is usually done by asking for a credit card number.

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-06-30 10:09 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#2

Found this...

Age Verification Service -- How Businesses can Identify Underage Visitors in Real Time? (2019)
shuftipro.com

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-06-30 10:10 PM | Reply

Good point. That sounds very possible.

And can be linked back to a person. Hence, loss of anonymity.

I have mixed feelings.

I also don't think this will be all that effet8tive at keeping underage kids off of websites. It will however cause a lot of kids to get in trouble with their parents, and possibly cause some parents to get in trouble with the law.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-06-30 10:12 PM | Reply

@#5 ... I have mixed feelings. ...

The "protecting the children" rationale has been frequently (I'm tempted to say, "always," but let's go with "frequently" for the nonce) been used to justify attempts to tame, yeah, let's say tame as opposed to control, the internet.

I've got lots of questions. For starters...

How long will those identity verification records be kept? How will they be used, aside from protecting the children? Who will have access to them? Really, who?

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-06-30 10:22 PM | Reply

The world would be a much better place if children held at least some tiny sliver of power.

I look at the chilhood of today and it's unrecognixable. We woudl leave on our bikes after breakfast and and mom would say be home for lunch. Then we would leave on our bikes and mom would say be home for dinner. No adult supervision for eight hours. We had the chance to be kids and we could do whatever we wanted to do, whether it was put pennies on the train tracks or throw firecrackers at a hornet's nest.

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-06-30 11:18 PM | Reply

You're drinking White Claws.

It's obvious.

2 more hours you're gonna read like Danni

#8 | Posted by Mao_Content at 2022-06-30 11:45 PM | Reply

You Russians are nasty like goatse.

#9 | Posted by Tor at 2022-07-01 12:15 AM | Reply

Protect kids? WTF?

Two Men Caught With 150,000 Fentanyl Pills Set Free By California Officials..... won't see that on MSM... stay in your bubble the water is warm.

Tell me again how the Lumpers care about the kids ... ------- hilarious....

#10 | Posted by oneironaut at 2022-07-01 12:27 AM | Reply

The world would be a much better place if children held at least some tiny sliver of power.

You mean like in the womb? or all the fentanyl being released into the country?

#11 | Posted by oneironaut at 2022-07-01 12:28 AM | Reply

"Two Men Caught With 150,000 Fentanyl Pills Set Free By California Officials"

Did they take their fentanyl away first?

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-07-01 12:44 AM | Reply

or all the fentanyl being released into the country?

#11 | Posted by oneironaut

Trump goobers are really mad about fentanyl. Have you morons tried just not taking it?

#13 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-07-01 05:53 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

@#7 ... We woudl leave on our bikes after breakfast and and mom would say be home for lunch. Then we would leave on our bikes and mom would say be home for dinner. No adult supervision for eight hours. We had the chance to be kids and we could do whatever we wanted to do, whether it was put pennies on the train tracks or throw firecrackers at a hornet's nest. ...

Yup. Add in spending hours walking through the woods with friends, or riding the bicycle a few miles to the beach and spending hours there, and you've described my experiences as well. ... and I grew up in NYC.

... put pennies on the train tracks ...

My friends and I would compete to see how long we could make a penny by putting the penny on the tracks multiple times.

Spoiler alert: after the penny reaches a couple of inches, it tends to stick to the wheel of the train and disappear from the track...


#14 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-07-02 11:18 AM | Reply

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