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UK: ICO launches consultation on draft code of practice on age appropriate design

The Information Commissioner's Office ('ICO') launched, on 12 April 2019, a public consultation on a draft code of practice ('the Draft Code') for protecting children online, containing 16 standards of age appropriate design for online services. In particular, the Draft Code provides guidance on the design standards expected by the ICO from online information society services which process personal data and are likely to be accessed by children, and addresses the best interests of the child, age-appropriate application, transparency, detrimental use of data, policies and community standards, default settings, data minimisation, data sharing, geolocation, parental controls, profiling, nudge techniques, connected toys and devices, online tools, Data Protection Impact Assessments ('DPIAs'), as well as governance and accountability. In addition, it includes a DPIA template.

Interested parties can submit their comments here until 31 May 2019.

You can read the press releases here and here, and the consultation document here.