The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office has released its final Age Appropriate Design Code. The code is made up of 15 standards online services should follow to safeguard children's privacy. Services geared toward children under the age of 18 must have their privacy settings at their highest level by default. This includes turning off location tracking and not using nudge techniques to encourage young users to weaken the settings. The code also covers data minimization and data protection impact assessments. Tech representatives expressed their concerns about the code's impact on their services. TechUK Deputy Chief Executive Antony Walker said the code “could lead to some unnecessary age-gating of online services.”
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