Spain: AEPD promotes development by EDPB of guidelines for age verification systems on Internet

March 16, 2024 | by

On March 15, 2024, the Spanish data protection authority (AEPD) announced its initiative to develop guidelines for age verification systems on the internet in collaboration with the European Data Protection Board (EDPB). This unanimous decision was made during a Plenary meeting in Brussels.

In December 2023, the AEPD proposed principles that an age verification system must comply with, proposing an age verification system to protect children and adolescents from accessing inappropriate content while guaranteeing the anonymity of adults when browsing the internet. Moreover, the principles were complemented by a practical and effective proposal of an age verification system and protection of minors on the internet from access to adult content, which demonstrated the technical feasibility of the proposals.

The Council of Ministers of Spain announced on March 12, 2024, the approval of the creation of a Working Group, chaired by the Ministry for Digital Transformation of Spain, to enhance protections for minors accessing online content. The AEPD, alongside other public organizations, will contribute to this initiative, aiming to propose technological solutions ensuring effective age verification while maintaining robust privacy and data protection standards.

You can read the press release of the AEPD here and of the Council of Ministers here, both only available in Spanish.


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