5Rights Foundation welcomes first step forward in protecting children’s privacy online.
The UK Government has now laid the Age Appropriate Design Code before Parliament, taking a major step forward in protecting children’s privacy online.
The Code is the first of its kind anywhere in the world, and sets out the specific protections that children and young people require for their data.
Data drives many norms of the digital world, and the way children’s data are collected, shared, and used impacts significantly not just on their digital experience, but also on their wider lives. The Code offers a significant and welcome change in how children are protected and supported in the digital age. This is particularly important now, as the coronavirus pandemic has brought more children online for more time, deepening their dependence on digital technology in more areas of their lives.
The Code was developed by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in consultation with industry, civil society, and the public. The ICO will now be responsible for enforcing the Code, after a transition period of 12-months to help online services comply.
5Rights Foundation has welcomed the Government’s decision to lay the Code, and looks forward to working constructively with both the ICO and industry in ensuring it delivers for children and young people.
Baroness Kidron said today
“I am delighted that the Code has been laid. It is an important first step in creating a digital world that finally meets the needs of children, protects their data and enables them to flourish online.
The COVID pandemic has put a spotlight on the urgent need for multiple online protections for children. I urge the Government to build on this statutory Code, and bring forward a comprehensive Online Harms Bill that puts children’s safety at the heart of tech policy.
The tech sector now has a year to make their platforms compliant. I look forward to working with them so that together we can deliver a better digital world for children.”
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For further comment or information, please contact 5Rights Director of External Engagement, Tony Stower, on 07528 722015 or tony@5Rightsfoundation.com.
About the Code
The Code contains 15 provisions for the protection of children and young people’s data. It requires all online services likely to be accessed by children to do the following.
The ICO has a history of reasonable, proportionate regulation and the Code’s requirements are proportionate to the risks arising from each service’s processing of data.
The Code has now been laid before Parliament for 40 days and will then take effect after an additional 21-day period. The ICO has also provided for a 12-month transition period to help industry comply with the Code’s provisions.
About 5Rights Foundation
5Rights Foundation exists to make systemic changes to the digital world to ensure it caters for children and young people, by design and default. We advocate for enforceable regulation that allow children and young people to thrive online. We develop technical standards to help businesses redesign their digital services with children and young people in mind. We propose policy and conduct research across our four priority areas: Design of Service, Child Online Protection, Children and Young People’s Rights, and Data Literacy.