techUK comment on Children's Commssioner Report

Responding to the Children's Commissioner report, 'Who knows what about me?', Senior Policy Manager Ben Bradley said: 

 

"The Children’s Commissioner’s report is a welcome contribution to the debate around the collection and sharing of data.

As the report acknowledges, there are many benefits to the collection of the data and the innovation that this drives, but we can only fully realise these benefits if users feel empowered and comfortable with the data that they share.

We welcome the emphasis on the role that parents can play in thinking critically about the data they share. The report’s top ten tips for parents and children is a helpful and practical guide for any family when thinking about their data footprint.

The Commissioner rightly recognises the wide range of work being done to address the issues identified in the report, from the recent GDPR and its requirement for informed consent and special treatment of children’s data, to the ICO’s Age Appropriate Design Code and the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. It is important that we do not pre-empt these wide-ranging actions that have recently or will soon take effect and give them time to take effect and bed in.

We look forward to continuing to engage in this debate, and thinking about what more may be able to be done once recent reforms have settled in."

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