Mixed Opinions On The Irish Digital Age Of Consent

Mixed Opinions On The Irish Digital Age Of Consent
Aisling Roche
Aisling Roche

6 days ago

A youth affairs expert doesn't believe raising the digital age of consent would keep children safer online.

Yesterday, two Cyber Security experts told the Oireachtas Children and Youth Affairs Committee this should be set at 16.

It comes ahead of new laws in May which will force EU countries to set a digital age of consent.

Executive Director of SpunOut dot ie Ian Power says no country has yet to come up with an effective way of enforcing the new laws.

He also says "at the moment 16 countries have kinda said how they're going to address the digital age of consent when the GDPR comes into effect in May, eight of those countries have said thirteen and in reviewing the other six that have said they're setting it at 16 - none of them have actually said what they're going to do with the GDPR in terms of getting reasonable effort to make sure that parents consent to their children under 16 using various different platforms".