ICO submits Age Appropriate Design Code of Practice to government


The Government included provisions in the Data Protection Act 2018 to create standards that provide proper safeguards for children when they are online.

As part of that, the ICO was

required to produce a statutory age appropriate design code of practice which has been dubbed the Kids Code.

The code is rooted in existing data protection laws (the General Data Protection Regulation and Data Protection Act 2018), that are regulated and enforced by the ICO.

The final version of the code reflects a detailed consultation carried out by the ICO.

The ICO received around 450 responses to the draft code sent out for consultation in April 2019 and has conducted dozens of meetings with trade bodies, industry representatives, campaigners and individual organisations. The views it gathered have helped inform the final version of the code.

Notes for editors:

  1. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is the UK’s independent regulator for data protection and information rights law, upholding information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.
  2. The ICO has specific responsibilities set out in the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA2018), the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) and Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 (PECR).
  3. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new data protection law which applies in the UK from 25 May 2018. Its provisions are included in the Data Protection Act 2018. The Act also includes measures related to wider data protection reforms in areas not covered by the GDPR, such as law enforcement and security.
  4. To report a concern to the ICO go to ico.org.uk/concerns.