New child protection legislation comes into force in the UK

Breaching the code could see companies face similar fines to a GDPR breach
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has launched a new data protection code in the UK, which aims to create ‘a better internet for children’.

The Age Appropriate Design Code (aka the ‘Children Code’) is a sweeping set of regulations written into law as part of the 2018 Data Protection Act.

The code originally came into force on 2nd September last year, but the ICO delayed its implementation to allow a 12-month grace period for organisations to prepare for compliance.

From today, the ICO expects organisations to meet all standards of the code to protect children’s data and privacy online.

“Children’s rights must be respected and we expect organisations to prove that children’s best interests are a primary concern,” said Stephen Bonner, the ICO’s executive director of regulatory futures and innovation.

 

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