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Spain: AEPD publishes its 2024 social responsibility action plan

On February 20, 2024, the Spanish data protection authority (AEPD) announced that it had published its action plan for social responsibility in 2024. In particular, the AEPD outlined that the plan includes measures focused on the well-being of society, good governance, transparency, and accountability.

What is contained in the plan?

To promote the well-being of society the plan establishes several focus areas for the AEPD including:

  • protection of minors in the digital world; 
  • prevention of gender violence and promotion of equality; and
  • entrepreneurship, competitiveness, innovation, and data protection. 

With regard to the protection of minors, the plan highlights that the AEPD will:

  • promote the age verification criteria developed by the AEPD that prevents minors from accessing online content for adults and inappropriate sites;
  • collaborate with competent institutions in the labeling of online content, advertising, cookies, and profiling of minors;
  • analyze addictive patterns and share the conclusions with European data protection authorities;
  • develop training actions for the dissemination of the Priority Channel as an instrument for the protection of minors in the digital world, aimed at families, educators, and welfare coordinators; and
  • collaborate with the State School Council to distribute training actions and resources on the protection of minors on the internet among associations of parents of students.

Furthermore, the plan notes that the AEPD will develop new guides and tools for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), including a guide for companies that use artificial intelligence (AI) to process personal data and another guide focused on encryption systems. Additionally, the plan states that the AEPD will participate in studies and projects on neurodata and neurorights, in addition to cooperating with administrations and entities in European projects.

You can read the press release here and the plan here, both only available in Spanish.