"Google, in compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, requires its users to be at least 13 years old."
As said in your post 13 years old. I am sixteen and can't use google + I entered my Birthdate currently.
Damn google Lied.
At 10 he shouldnt really be using the internet without parental guidance anyways!! why isnt he speaking with his relatives through his fathers Gmail accounts? I dont know, in some respects, its a bit harsh of a punishment but at the end of the day these rules are in place for a reason and to protect children!
I'm liking Google less and less as the years go by, what was once the lovable company brandishing the slogan "Don't be evil" has become just that, truly evil. They've already ruined youtube by completely siding with the recording industry, making DMCA take down notices a breeze and a massive pain to counterclaim. As for Alex, I wouldn't worry about your e-mails being deleted, google will save them until 2053 along with every other piece of e-mail ever sent or received by their servers, along with every search made.
Google should have some type of form that they can provide to parents to sign and allow the kid access to his accounts. This form would release them of violating the law as the law states that parents need to give permission it does not directly say that they outright cannot sign up for anything. We run into these issues with web services we use in schools all the time.
Something interesting to note, bdpowell81, is that the COPPA is a U.S.-only law; Alex is from the Netherlands, where the law is not in place, yet he is still subject to it through Google's TOS.
If you read his father's blog post, his father -is- there when he uses the internet, and Alex sounds very talented for his age.
Of course, he could be lying about all of it, but we'll never know.\
@PFeenstra: LOL, yeah, they'll probably be in the annals of their servers for the next century. Slowly building a profile on young Alex, so that when Skynet finally awakens...
This is a great idea. Easy out for Google, and wouldn't be difficult to implement.
Google is a US Corporation and must follow US laws; they're under constant scrutiny from Microsoft's friends in Congress, so they can't really afford to break the law.
That said, there ought to be a "supervised account" option available, which would require first the underage user to log in, and then an adult parent or guardian to log in and authorized use of the account.
Currently, Google+ is only open to users 18 years old and older. See this forum post and the answer from a Google employee: https://groups.google.com/a/googleproductforums.com/d/msg/google-plus-discuss/RTh_laUTRFo/JsMXHDWSkrAJ
Remember, Google+ is currenly in a limited field test, and it is likely the age limit will be reduced to the usual 13 eventually. Google does not want liability if a minor's privacy is exploited by this product that is neither completed nor released.
This does not make Google "evil", they are merely protecting their product and minors' privacy until the final release. Better this way with a field test of a smaller portion of the population than a final product released to everyone at once, which would have the likelihood to fail like Wave or Buzz.
This is why u should lie about your info... lol :P
Google is doing the right thing. There are way to many kids on the net mingling with strange adults and no supervision.
It doesn't have to be constant supervision. Clearly his dad knew what the boy was doing and really would show that he does have some type of supervision. Google is a bit in the wrong. Disable his Google+ account is fine but they should then ask for some proof that he is supervised by the parents and they know what they're doing.
Basically at this point they should reinstate the Google services to him. Now if he should be allowed to Google+ is another story and I'd say I don't know enough to even argue that. But disabling the rest where there clearly is a parent supervising and knowing what's going on is just low.
Yes, I know. I was simply posting food for thought.
or as the parent, you can restore the account within the allotted time period by paying Google a 30 cent service fee ;).
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