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Data Protection Commission

May 22, 2023

By Emma

My Child’s Data Protection Rights

The DPC has produced four short guides for parents on children’s data protection rights under the GDPR. These guides are intended to help parents to understand their children’s rights and to answer questions that can arise in typical situations where those rights apply.

Protecting children’s personal data is an important priority for the DPC, and is one of the five strategic goals of our 2022-2027 Regulatory Strategy. The DPC has also published our ‘Fundamentals’ guidance on children’s data protection rights to help organisations provide the special protection required when they process children’s personal data. These guides are part of the DPC’s work to give effect to the goals stated those documents.

My child’s data protection rights – the basics 

This outlines some of the issues that can arise when a parent seeks to exercise data protection rights on behalf of their child.

Children’s data and parental consent

This looks at the meaning of the ‘digital age of consent’ and outlines when parents’ consent may be needed for processing their child’s personal data, and how parents can approach those cases.

Protecting my child’s data 

This is intended to help parents understand the rights that they have in relation to their children’s data and gives some useful advice on how to protect their children’s rights.

Are there any limits on my child’s data protection rights?

This outlines some important limits to how and when children’s data protection rights may be exercised, whether by children themselves or by parents on their behalf. It outlines some common situations where these can arise and suggests ways in which parents can address them.

The DPC hopes that these guides will be useful not just to parents and guardians,  but also to educators and anyone interested in children’s safety and wellbeing online.

If you have any questions about anything you read in these guides, you can email or call the DPC and we’ll be happy to answer your questions. You can find more information about how to contact us at: https://www.dataprotection.ie/en/contact/how-contact-us

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