Consider some imaginary website, run by a US legal entity - let's call it Whack Stove Reflow - has registered users, some of whom are under 18. This imaginary website wants to take a community satisfaction survey. Would it be illegal for the site to ask its sub-18-yro participants to take the survey, or to not-prevent them from participating?

Also, same question, but if the survey containing optional questions regarding personal details such as gender and racial background.

PS - If this may be illegal, please try to characterize the conditions/thresholds of legality.

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    Did you have a jurisdiction in mind?
    – user40839
    Jan 31, 2022 at 11:02
  • @ComicSansSeraphim: I'm not entirely sure, since the website has users in many countries, but edited to say it's a US legal entity.
    – einpoklum
    Jan 31, 2022 at 11:33
  • Good question. I assume that as an adult I automatically consent to you using the data in some reasonable way, as long as nobody forces me to take the survey. A minor should be able to change their mind and withdraw consent later. That could practically be difficult.
    – gnasher729
    Jan 31, 2022 at 21:35


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