25/08/2021

ICO

ICO outlines how it plans to approach Appropriate Design Code

The ICO plans to target social media companies and video streaming and gaming platforms after its Children's Code comes into effect in September. "We will be proactive in requiring social media platforms, video and music streaming sites and the gaming industry to tell us how their services are designed in line with the code," ICO Executive Director of Regulatory Futures and Innovation Stephen Bonner, CIPP/E, CIPM, wrote in a blog post. "We will identify areas where we may need to provide support, or should the circumstances require, we have powers to investigate or audit organisations."  Meanwhile, Common Sense Media has released a report on its findings from a review of the privacy practices for the most popular streaming applications and devices. The report identified that the majority of services and devices reviewed do not sufficiently protect consumers, especially children. "The companies behind streaming apps must do more to protect kids' privacy, from providing stronger parental controls to establishing specific policies for kids," the advocacy group wrote.  

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