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Germany has a very complex framework of legal provisions for child protection in the media. You can learn here what forms of media content are prohibited under German youth protection law and which conditions need to be satisfied in order for some other types of content to be permitted. We will also explain how technical systems for youth protection work. You will additionally learn who is responsible for what in youth protection, and which tasks are performed by various institutions and authorities.

Age verification systems (AVS)

Under Article 4 Para. 2 Sentence 2 of the German Interstate Treaty on the Protection of Minors in the Media (JMStV), content illegal for minors (e.g. pornography) is admissible in telemedia if the provider ensures that such content is accessible only to adults. One way for the provider to fulfil the requirements of the JMStV for such a safeguard is an age verification system.

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The German Interstate Treaty on the Protection of Human Dignity and the Protection of Minors in Broadcasting and in Telemedia (JMStV) came into force as an interstate treaty between the German federal states on 1 April 2003. It defines the standards of protection for broadcasting and telemedia.

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