MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
The youth protection law is being reformed
Today the cabinet approved the draft reform of youth media protection. The deputy chairwoman of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group, Nadine Schön, explains:
“The CDU / CSU parliamentary group welcomes the fact that Federal Minister Giffey is finally presenting the reform of youth media protection that was already agreed in the coalition agreement. An amendment is urgently required. The currently applicable law dates from a time when there were neither smartphones nor online games, nor platforms such as YouTube, WhatsApp or Instagram.
The law improves the protection of children and young people online so that they can safely use digital offers, for example when they play online or chat with one another. It’s not just about controlling content, but also about functionalities that can harbor risks, such as chat functions.
The platform operators are being made more responsible for this, for example through the requirement to make safe default settings and to introduce suitable age checks. The BMFSFJ’s draft law proposes a new federal center so that the implementation of the law can be effectively controlled. We will examine in the parliamentary procedure whether this is a useful addition or whether – in cooperation with the federal states – other instruments would be more effective. We also see a need for discussion with the proposed age rating system, which also includes interaction risks such as the comment function or purchase option. Here we should think about alternatives. Nevertheless: The first step towards improved youth media protection has been taken. “
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