California’s youth digital privacy law heads to court

The hearing on Thursday, in U.S. District Court in San Jose, represents the first significant legal test for the pioneering law.
FILE – A man using a cell phone walks past Google offices on Dec. 17, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

The tech industry and the state of California are scheduled to face off in a courtroom Thursday over the constitutionality of a first-in-the-nation law aimed at protecting the digital privacy and well-being of youth when they are online.

NetChoice, a right-of-center tech trade group, is seeking a preliminary injunction to block California’s Age-Appropriate Design Code from taking effect while its lawsuit to overturn the 2022 law is pending. A central issue in the case is whether the California law veers into the legally fraught realm of moderating online content. 

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