Compliance

The regulations set out under German youth media protection law are complex, and the potential sanctions for infringements can in certain circumstances be severe. Irrespective of the concrete purpose for which a website is being operated, anyone responsible for Internet content needs to take a great deal into consideration. In addition to the general provisions of media and competition law (e.g. imprint obligation/provider identification in accordance with Article 5 German Telemedia Act (TMG)), the most pressing issues that arise on the Internet are those relating to youth media protection. Providers must do their best to deal with these at the earliest possible juncture in order to protect themselves from sanctions by the supervising authorities or legal action from competitors. All suppliers are under a legal obligation to evaluate their own Internet content in relation to youth protection law. Anyone offering problematic content needs a Youth Protection Officer.

The FSM offers support for companies and providers with respect to their adherence to the legal youth protection regulations. The FSM helps companies answer questions like: Does our own website include content that should not be accessible to users of all ages? Should this page be targeted towards younger users? Do the advertisements integrated into the site comply with the legal requirements? Do we need to appoint a Youth Protection Officer?