The ICO's Age Appropriate Design Code has now been laid before Parliament for approval. Once approved, organisations will have 12 months to update their practices to comply with the Code.
The Code doesn't just apply to services specifically targeted at children, and can apply to online services that are likely to be used by anyone under the age of 18.
The ICO has signaled it intends to discuss with businesses, which will inform its work to develop supporting materials designed to help with the necessary steps to comply with the Code during the 12 month transition period.
“We welcome the news that Government has laid the Age Appropriate Design Code before Parliament. It’s a huge step towards protecting children online especially given the increased reliance on online services at home during COVID-19. “The code sets out 15 standards that relevant online services should meet to protect children’s privacy and is the result of wide-ranging consultation and engagement with stakeholders including the tech industry, campaigners, trade bodies and organisations. “We are now pulling together our existing work on the benefits and the costs of the code to assess its impact. This will inform the discussions we have with businesses to help us develop a package of support to help them implement the code during the transition year.”