In several projects, the institute is investigating the new child-specific data protection regulations of the GDPR with regard to children's rights, identifying problem areas and working together with relevant stakeholders to develop solutions.
For the first time at the European level, the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) includes specific data protection provisions for the processing of personal data of children and adolescents. In addition to special legal considerations in favour of minors, art. 8 (1) GDPR in particular provides that “information society services” aimed at children require the consent or approval of their legal guardians if these services rely on consent when processing the data of persons under the age of 16. For digital information centres and prevention services, but also for providers of online services for children, this can make practical work more difficult and lead to legal uncertainty.
The Institute works closely in several ways with self-regulatory bodies, NGOs and providers to examine the practical consequences of these regulations for minors, parents as well as for providers, especially with a view to the possibilities of empowerment and communicative participation of children, as they have been included in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
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