UK recommends age checks within games to protect children


Games should identify if a user is under 18 “with a reasonable degree of certainty” and ensure their experience is not detrimental to their well-being, a new report by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office has stated.

This should include encouragement to take regular breaks from extended play “without feeling pressurised to continue playing or becoming fearful of missing out”, the ICO continued.

While the report only offers recommendations, they are being made as part of the UK’s Children’s Code, which explains how the UK’s General Data Protection Regulation (the dreaded GDPR) should be applied to digital services.

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