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Sheila Millar Quoted in a Bloomberg Law Article on the Fight Over the Role of Age-Verification Technologies

Keller and Heckman Partner Sheila Millar was quoted in the Bloomberg Law article, "Meta’s Dispute Over Addicted Kids Reignites Age-Proofing Fight." The article discusses a lawsuit brought by California and multiple state attorneys general against Meta Platforms Inc. for allegedly violating federal children’s privacy law by failing to get parental consent to collect data of users younger than 13. The state attorneys general argued that Meta could have used "feasible alternative age verification methods."

Regarding age-verification methods, Sheila pointed out that "you can age-screen to determine that this person behind the screen is likely to be a child. But we also know that age-screening can be circumvented. I think it becomes really challenging in that environment to determine, from a legal standpoint under COPPA, what are the limits of the online services’ responsibility?"

This lawsuit has sparked a growing fight over the role of age-verification technologies in keeping children away from harmful content online.

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