Late last year, the Department of Justice and Equality invited submissions from interested parties on the “digital age of consent” to apply in this jurisdiction. The Government Data Forum, which brings together legal and data protection experts, business representatives from SMEs and multinationals, as well as sociologists, psychologists and education specialists, also carried out a consultation process.
On 21 June, the Government approved a “digital age of consent” threshold of 13 years to be included in the Data Protection Bill 2017. Those in favour of the 13 years threshold included the Ombudsman for Children, the Children’s Rights Alliance and the Office of Internet Safety.
The Minister has now decided to publish the submissions the Department of Justice and Equality received as part of the consultation process.