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A Guide to Protecting Children’s Personal Data

About a quarter of Ireland’s population are children, all of whose personal data is processed every day online and offline. What are the DPC's Fundamentals?

About a quarter of Ireland’s population are children, all of whose personal data is processed every day online and offline, in educational, health, recreational and sporting, social services, and commercial contexts. Children’s data protection is one of the Irish Government’s priorities and has been a key focus for the Irish Data Protection Regulator. This is leading to new legislation and increased regulatory scrutiny.

In December 2021, following extensive public consultation, the Irish Data Protection Commission (the “DPC”) launched a comprehensive guidance entitled “Children Front and Centre: Fundamentals for a Child-Oriented Approach to Data Processing” (the“Fundamentals”). The General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”) recognises the specific circumstances and risks posed to children when their personal data is collected and processed without adequate safeguards. The Fundamentals introduce child-specific data protection interpretative principles and recommended measures that will enhance the level of protection afforded to children against the data processing risks posed to them by their use of/access to services in both an online and offline world.

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