Age Appropriate Design

The ICO Age Appropriate Design Code (AADC)

Published on January 20, 2020: [download .pdf 111 pages.]

The Age Appropriate Design Code came into force on September 2, 2020, with a 12 month transition period. Organisations should conform by 2 September 2021.

[download the Code as a .pdf from the ICO page header]

“The Secretary of State laid the Age Appropriate Design Code to Parliament under section 125(1)(b) of the Data Protection Act 2018 (the Act) on 11 June 2020.

There is more information in the Explanatory Memorandum.”

The second stage of the ICO Age Appropriate Code of Practice was published on April 15 and was open for consultation until May 31, 2019.

AADC Reference pages and documents

AADC Reactions – stage two (2019)

  • June 4, Heather Burns, Just how bad is the ICO’s draft age appropriate design code? WebDev Law [link]
  • April 16, techUK response to the ICO’s draft Age Appropriate Design Code [blog]
  • Open Rights Group [press release] ICO Age Appropriate Design Code of Conduct: tread lightly
  • April 15, defenddigitalme [blog]

AADC Responses – stage two (2019)

AADC Responses – stage one (2018)

Related of reference interest / incl. indirect

  • September 2020 Age Appropriate Design Code applies to edTech  defenddigitalme blogpost with clarification from the ICO [link]
  • Concept note for a General Comment on children’s rights in relation to the digital environment. Call for submissions closes May 15, 2019 [link]
  • Rethinking the rights of children for the Internet AgeSonia Livingstone, Professor of Social Psychology at LSE’s Department of Media and Communications April 2019
  • 2017 Age Verification as the new cookie law? Phil Booth [blog link]
  • 2017 Children’s online activities, risks and safety — A literature review by the UKCCIS Evidence Group [105 pages, 5,5 MB .pdf]

Related to children online

January 13, 2021 Public Services Committee – Oral evidence
The implications of the new data-sharing code for public services
Elizabeth Denham CBE, Information Commissioner, Information Commissioner’s Office and Steve Wood, Deputy Commissioner.

Thinking to some purpose