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Published 11.06.24

On the Concept of Personal Integrity in the German Protection of Minors

Torsten Krause, Yola Kretschmann, Aaron Yacob
Ansicht: Zum Begriff der persönlichen Integrität im Jugendschutz

With the 2. amendment of the Federal Youth Protection Act in Germany, the legislator has introduced the legal concept of personal integrity into the Youth Protection Act. The text presents an understanding of the protection objectives, which is derived from the justification for the reform and other developments in the field and results in the following definition:

Personal integrity of children includes the protection of physical and psychological integrity as well as personal data. In particular, the age-appropriate and future-open development as well as the informational and sexual self-determination of minors must be ensured. The abuse of inexperience and age, economic exploitation and the commercial or other improper processing and dissemination of user data are, conversely, contrary to the protection of personal integrity.

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