Technology and online child protection
Technology has always played an important role in protecting children from harmful content online. New developments make it easier and more cost-effective to verify the age of adults. At the same time, parents can give their children the best guidance and support in using digital media if they are familiar with the parental control features of their children's favourite services and can adjust them individually. As a founding member of INHOPE, the FSM not only works every day to combat CSAM, but is also very committed to supporting companies in the further development of technical youth protection solutions. German laws set very strict requirements for such tools, and the FSM, as an institution of voluntary self-regulation, monitors compliance with these requirements. Our member companies often involve us as early as the product development stage. Together we not only work on legal conformity, but also on usability and transparent information for users.
In the recent past, for example, we have certified age verification systems from "insic" and "Yoti", which work with artificial intelligence to estimate the age of users and automatically check it against their passports. We have also critically reviewed the new youth protection features of Netflix, RTL TV NOW and Telekom Magenta Gaming and assessed them as legally compliant: Here, parents can select individually for their children up to which age group films and games are freely accessible and for which titles a PIN must be entered.
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Together we not only work on legal conformity, but also on usability and transparent information for users.'