FPF Releases Analysis of California’s New Age-Appropriate Design Code
New report outlines the key components of California’s Age-Appropriate Design Code Act and critical pending questions
As federal and state policymakers heighten their focus on protecting children’s privacy online, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) today released a new policy brief, An Analysis of the California Age-Appropriate Design Code. The new report outlines and analyzes Assembly Bill 2273, the California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act (AADC), a first-of-its-kind privacy-by-design law that represents a significant change in both the regulation of the technology industry and how children will experience online products and services.
Download An Analysis of the California Age-Appropriate Design Code here.
The California AADC is notable for extending far beyond the scope of the primary federal children’s online privacy law, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), in several key ways. For example, the California AADC raises the baseline age of protection to youth under age 18 (COPPA defines “child” as under age 13) and applies to online businesses with products, services, and features “likely to be accessed by a child,” casting a wider net than COPPA’s current standard of covering sites “directed to children” under 13.
The policy brief expands on those elements of the California AADC and others, including:
- Covered Entities
- Age Estimation
- Privacy by Design and Default
- General Business Obligations
- User-Centric Policies
- Data Minimization
- Data Protection Impact Assessments
- Enforcement and Guidance
FPF’s youth and education privacy team has closely tracked the progress of the California AADC; catch up on previous blog posts from June 28 and a September 1 update, and read our statement on the final bill here.