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On 26 July, the Irish government has agreed that the digital age of consent under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) should be set at 13 years old. GDPR foresees that the processing of children’s personal data is lawful where chi...

The Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) has launched a new “Stop Targeting Kids” campaign on its website in a bid to enlist public support to force regulation on advertising directed at children of foods that are high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS...

The Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) opened a public consultation seeking submissions regarding consent requirements, in particular consent for minors in the context of the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation. The DPC in...

The Irish Data Protection Authority has opened a consultation to seek the views of interested parties on the statutory age of consent threshold (“age of digital consent”) to be applied in the case of information society services offered d...

On 22 September, the Department of Health (DOH) released its Obesity Policy and Action Plan for 2016 – 2025 in which it presents a set of cross-sectoral measures to address rising levels of obesity in children and adults. Between 2016 and 2018...

In a new report entitled 'Who's Feeding The Kids Online?', the Irish Heart Foundation denounces the sophisticated digital marketing tactics used by major food and beverage companies on Facebook to target children and teenagers. An online survey...

On 3 June, the Irish Heart Foundation and Social Justice Ireland called on the government to introduce a 9pm watershed ban on the advertising of foods high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) on TV and to regulate other media channels such as the internet,...

On 21 April, centrist party Fianna Fáil launched its health policy manifesto ahead of the next general elections, in which it commits to banning the advertising of ‘HFSS’ food and beverage products before 9pm on TV. &ldq...

In a policy paper released on 1 September, the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland’s Policy Group on Obesity calls on the government to impose a 9pm watershed ban on the advertising of foods high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) on TV, as well ...

An academic article published in the journal Appetite calls for restrictions on unhealthy food marketing to children across all media, following findings that preschool children recognise twice as many widely advertised unhealthy product as widely ad...

On 4 June, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) issued revised versions of its General and Children’s Commercial Communications Codes which now include rules on the promotion of high fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) food to children (see AEf A...

On 12 October, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) announced new advertising restrictions for the advertising of food and beverages "high in fat, salt and sugar" ("HFSS") to children, following a public consultation on the review of its Child...

On 28 June, ten Irish retailers signed a set of voluntary guidelines on the sale and marketing of children's clothing ensuring the provision of practical, age-appropriate and fun clothing for children under 12. The “Responsible Retailing: Reta...

On 30 March, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) launched a second consultation as part of the review of its Children’s Commercial Communications Code (See AEF Alert 01/09/12). Following consideration of the 226 responses received to t...

On 26 March, Irish Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, launched the Positive Childhood campaign “Letting Kids be Kids” set up by Irish family website Mykidstime.ie.    Following the release in the UK of...

On 15 February, Michael O’Keeffe, Chief Executive of the Irish Broadcasting Authority (BAI) announced that the BAI has not proposed a ban on the advertising on any food or drink prior to 9pm, despite claims made by Fine Gael parliamentary party...

A survey from the Irish internet watchdog Hotline.ie released on 13 March found that only 37% of parents have installed filtering software on their home computers, allowing them to block their children’s access to certain websites. In February...

On 13 October, the Irish Heart Foundation, Children’s Right’s Alliance and the National Youth Council of Ireland, disclosed findings revealing that 55% of Irish parents support a ban on advertising “unhealthy” foods to childre...

On 30 August, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) launched a public consultation to discuss whether standards for food and drinks advertising to minors should be updated. The public consultation, as part of BAI’s review of the diet and...