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UK: ICO issues guidance on assessing applicability of Children's Code

The Information Commissioner's Office ('ICO') announced, on 24 March 2023, that it had issued draft guidance on the Age Appropriate Design Code, also known as the Children's Code, which applies to 'information society services likely to be accessed by children' in the UK, and had launched a public consultation on the same. In particular, the ICO's draft guidance is focused on the meaning of 'likely to be accessed' in the context of the Children's Code. Accordingly, the ICO stated that the draft guidance aims to support information society service providers to assess whether children are likely to access their service, and includes frequently asked questions ('FAQs'), list of factors, and case studies.

As such, the ICO stated that it is seeking feedback on its draft guidance documents and the accompanying impact assessment. In this regard, the ICO specified that the consultation will remain open until 19 May 2023 and participants can respond to the consultation by completing the ICO's online survey or downloading the survey and emailing it to [email protected].

You can read the press release here, the draft guidance documents here, and the accompanying impact assessment here.