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Published 07.12.23

Statement on the Interstate Treaty on the Protection of Minors in Broadcasting and in Telemedia

Torsten Krause, SDC

On 8 November, the Broadcasting Commission of the federal states published its draft for a reform of the Interstate Treaty on the Protection of Minors in Broadcasting and in Telemedia and opened it up for discussion. The Digital Opportunities Foundation has analysed and evaluated the draft from a children's rights perspective. As a result, it takes an ambivalent view of the proposals. The Digital Opportunities Foundation welcomes and supports a number of the amendments. The majority of these are related to creating convergence with the regulations of the German Federal Youth Protection Act and the Digital Services Act of the European Union. However, we consider the planned approach of a technical mechanism for the protection of minors at operating system level to be inadequate in several respects. Our reservations are not generally directed against technical measures to support the protection of young people in the digital environment, which the Foundation generally considers to be a suitable element in a holistic protection concept. However, the proposed one-button approach based on an age setting appears to us to be too simplistic to do proper justice to the complex media realities and user behaviour of young people.

You can read the full statement of the Digital Opportunities Foundation here. The ressource is available in German only.