Age Appropriate Design Code of Practice submitted to the government by ICO

Updated: Apr 13


The Government included updates to the Data Protection Act 2018 to make guidelines that give security for children when they are on the internet.


As a feature of that, the ICO was required to create a statutory age suitable structure code which has been named the Kids Code.


The code is established in existing laws (the General Data Protection Regulation and Data Protection Act 2018), that are managed and implemented by the ICO. The last form of the code by the ICO is from their detailed consultation.


The ICO got around 450 reactions to the draft code conveyed for counsel in April 2019 and has engaged exchanges with trade bodies, industry delegates, campaigners and individual associations. The perspectives it assembled have educated the updated version of the code.


The Information Commissioner has (Friday 22 November) presented the last form of the Age Appropriate Design Code of Practice to the Secretary of State as per the deadline.


The code should be laid in Parliament before it is in place. Current confinements in the pre-political race period imply that the submitted code won’t be distributed until after another administration is formed.

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