A Children’s Data Code
The digital world is data hungry. From apps and devices tracking kids’ growth in utero, to connected toys learning their behavioural patterns, to classroom apps helping them learn, there’s a lot of data collected about young people. But we don’t always know when, how or why this data is being used, or who’s using it.
Reset Australia is advocating for a children’s privacy code that limits the amount of data companies collect on children and ensure it’s only used in their best interest.
What is a children’s data code?
The Code would be a piece of regulation that outlines the key principles governing the lawful use of children’s data. These principles will help address the uncertainty around when, where, how and who is using children’s data by requiring meaningful consent and transparency.
Similar codes have been introduced with the UK’s Age Appropriate Design Code and Ireland’s Fundamentals for a Child-Oriented Approach to Data Processing.