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Professor Barry O'Sullivan welcomes decision to set the digital age of consent at 16

Professor Barry O'Sullivan and Dr Mary Aiken have welcomed the decision to fix Ireland's digital age of consent at 16 years of age - the highest age allowable under the European General Data Protection Regulation. O'Sullivan and Aiken spearheaded a prolonged campaign against the Government's original intention to fix the digital age of consent at 13, the lowest allowable age under GDPR.  The digital age of consent is essentially the age at which a person can consent to their data being collected, stored and used by internet service providers. Setting the age at 16, O'Sullivan believes, will put the onus on internet service providers to ensure they are not collecting data on people below the age of 16. It will also allow parents more of a say in their children's online activities. You can read about it in here.