March 8, 2007
Connecticut Mulls MySpace Rules
Connecticut is considering statutory provisions requiring MySpace and similar sites to confirm ages and to obtain parental permission for kids under 18. The AG asserts that the technology exists, but the article doesn't indicate what it is. I suppose the idea is that if you can't prove you're 18 (using technologies like those used for blocking access to adult sites), you have to provide permission from a parent, and the parent has to prove that they're 18. I doubt there's much of a way to prove the parental relationship, but a system like that would probably knock out some decent proportion of the problems.
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obtain parental permission for kids under 18
This is just another state-law version of COPA. It violates the First Amendment.
using technologies like those used for blocking access to adult sites
Such Age Verification Systems rely on the fact that the user has a credit card as a proxy for age. Some kids have credit cards. Some adults do not. So, such systems are both under- and overinclusive.
Posted by: Mithras | Mar 8, 2007 9:16:05 AM