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Age verification: Striking the balance between security and privacy in bid for children’s online safety

Furthermore, while websites may be falling behind in their age verification strategies, legislators are starting to take matters into their own hands. In September, California became the first U.S. state to pass a bill that enforces specific guardrails for online organizations to protect minors. Although the California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act (CAADCA) marks a milestone for children’s online privacy and safety in the U.S., it has received a negative reaction from Big Tech. The tech trade group, NetChoice, recently sued California to halt the law from taking effect in 2024, claiming it is the government’s attempt to censor technology companies.