The Age Appropriate Design Code (‘the Code’) is the first of its kind anywhere in the world. It sets out the specific protections that children require for their data, offering a high bar of data protection - by default.
The Code will apply to all online services ‘likely to be accessed’ by all users under the age of 18, and requires such services to have regard both to the different capacity and needs of children at different ages and to the UK’s obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
5Rights Foundation has sought to ensure broad public engagement on this landmark regulation, holding roundtable events throughout the consultation periods and encouraging interested stakeholders from civil society, industry, academia, and policy to provide feedback. Working closely with young people, 5Rights published Demystifying the Age Appropriate Design Code, which explains in a child-friendly format how the Code will give children and young people more protection for and control over their data. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published the final Code, which will be laid by the Secretary of State 'as soon as reasonably practicable.'