For Companies

Youth protection presents companies with numerous issues to be considered. The regulations laid down by youth media protection law are complex, and some of the potential sanctions for infringements are severe. The principal source of provisions for publishers of content is the German Interstate Treaty on the Protection of Minors in the Media (JMStV), though more can be found in the German Interstate Broadcasting Treaty (RStV), the German Protection of Young Persons Act (JuSchG) and the German Criminal Code (StGB). Companies need to not only ensure that the content they offer is age-appropriate, but also take into account specific idiosyncrasies when incorporating advertising material or data protection regulations.

Offering age-restricted content

Providers must start by evaluating their own content. On the basis of this evaluation, they may offer content that is suitable for children of all ages or suitable for children aged 6 and over.

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Age classification system

Providers of content that is harmful for development must take care to ensure that children and adolescents of the affected age group(s) would not normally see or hear such content.

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Imprint obligation

Both the German Telemedia Act (TMG) and the German Interstate Broadcasting Treaty (RStV) include regulations relating to the identification of Internet content providers.

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