Protection of Minors in Telemedia

Technical systems for the protection of minors

Technical systems for the protection of minors – a variation alongside technical measures and watersheds

The JMStV introduced technical systems for the protection of minors as a specific instrument for the protection of minors regarding telemedia content which could impair minors. They can be either fitted with the content or be installed upstream of the content by the provider and must allow for access to the web in a manner differentiating by age. Apart from technical measures and watersheds, technical systems for the protection of minors present one of three systems which content providers can employ as a means to ensure the protection of minors when distributing content in the internet which can impair the development of minors.

Technical systems for the protection of minors ≠ filtering programmes

Under the system of the JMStV, technical systems for the protection of minors aim at permitting German providers to distribute content that could impair development in telemedia services without having to fear legal measures by the KJM and the competent media authority. Technical systems for the protection of minors in accordance with Art. 11 JMStV thus are an exclusive instrument granting a privilege to content providers. They must therefore not be confused with filtering systems for the protection of minors which are developed by filter manufactures and are offered to families, schools, internet cafes or youth centres as a means of protection.

Certification of technical systems for the protection of minors

As of October 1, 2016, the competence for certifying technical systems for the protection of minors has been shifted from the KJM to the certified organisations of voluntary self-regulation. The KJM is responsible for laying down certification criteria in consultation with the self-control organisations. These criteria are not to be regarded as final and may be subject to change.

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Information for operators and providers of technical systems for the protection of minors:

The criteria for certifying technical systems for the protection of minors in the world-wide web (in German)