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Case law: Information Commissioner’s Office publishes code of practice for providers of online services which children are likely to access

Organisations providing online services to children up to 18, or online services that children are likely to access, should consider whether they are complying with a new age appropriate design code of practice published by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

March 2020

This update was published in Legal Alert - March 2020

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‘Age appropriate design: a code of practice for online services’ contains 15 standards, aimed to help providers comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in relation to children.

‘Online services’ include apps, social media websites, messaging services, online marketplaces (like Amazon or eBay), streaming services, online educational and news sites for children, devices and toys that connect, search engines and the like.

The code is not legally binding, but following it will help organisations show they are complying with the GDPR in this respect.

The ICO plans to introduce the new Code from autumn 2021, with a transitional period of 12 months to make sure existing services comply.

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