On September 2, in the UK, the Age-Appropriate Design Code came into force, with a 12 month transition period.
This affects all online services used by children – including videogames.
According to the ICO, the code seeks to protect children within the digital world, not protect them from it.
The code sets out 15 standards of age appropriate design reflecting a risk-based approach. The focus is on providing default settings which ensures that children have the best possible access to online services whilst minimising data collection and use, by default.
It also ensures that children who choose to change their default settings get the right information, guidance and advice before they do so, and proper protection in how their data is used afterwards.
Game developers: you need to know this…
Children’s Code Risk Workshop Summary
The Children’s Code Risk Workshop, delivered in partnership with 5Rights Foundation, will include the ICO, children’s rights specialists, and industry peers, to explore approaches and best practice, for managing data-enabled risks to children, and place their best interests first when designing and developing online services.
- Build understanding of the UN Convention of the Rights of a Child (UNCRC) framework, that defines the ‘best interests of the child’ principles which are the foundation of the code
- Identify and articulate data-enabled risks to children on online services, through facilitated group discussion and an interactive risk register exercise
Space is limited, so register your interest by answering a set of short questions by 17.00 on Friday November 13.
The ICO is happy to hear from two people from the same organisation working in different teams/disciplines (i.e. engineering and public policy/legal).
Participants will be notified if they have secured a workshop space on Monday November 16.
Applications are open until November 13.