Tough code of practice for websites will aim to protect children online

Websites and apps will be subject to a tough new code of practice to protect children’s privacy online following a cross-party campaign in the House of Lords to prevent young people’s internet activity being monitored.

Facing a potential defeat by peers, the government has announced it will back a new amendment to the data protection bill, derived from one authored by the film director and cross-bench peer Beeban Kidron, which has been backed by Tories, Labour and the Lib Dems.

Lady Kidron, whose films include Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, said children’s data was constantly being gathered in order to bombard them with targeted advertising, risking their personal information being disseminated across the web.

She has previously highlighted how companies such as Instagram, owned by Facebook, collect and share children’s home and school addresses, track their locations and store their dates of birth, phone numbers and photos.

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