81. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on whether it is insufficient to rely on digital consent as a means to protect children’s data in view of the fact it places an excessive burden on parents to be active in the digital world; his further views on whether restrictions should be imposed on the data controllers forbidding them to use children’s data for marketing or commercial purposes; his plans to ensure that data controllers take responsibility in data breaches or undue commercial targeting of children’s data while using their platform; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9023/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Data Protection)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The position is that while the data protection rights and protections that generally apply to adults under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) also apply to children, the GDPR acknowledges that the personal data of children merit specific protection and it includes a number of specific measures for the protection of children in addition to the “digital age of consent”. 
For example, Article 6.1(f), which generally permits pro...