New youth protection law passed
Today the Federal Cabinet approved the revision of the Youth Protection Act, which was presented by Federal Minister Christine Bergmann. Among other things, the BPjM (formerly BPjS) is now also allowed to judge the risk to young people of a game without a request from the youth welfare offices. , which describes the facts more appropriately than 'writings'. Overall, the law seems to contain some logical changes, but in some cases the question also arises of how the corresponding implementation should take place in practice. The new law for the protection of young people in public (JÖSchG) replaces the “law on the dissemination of writings and media content that is harmful to young people” (GjS) and the “law on a uniform youth protection law (JuSchG)”.
We want to summarize the most important changes for computer players. On the one hand, there will be a binding age rating for all computer games in the future. The traders in Germany have adhered to the previous age rating of the FSK via an agreement, but this was by no means mandatory. One of the most important points, however, is likely to be that the BPjM will in future be able to examine a computer game even without an application from a youth welfare office. This regulation seems more than logical, as the procedure often practiced up to now was to index a game, as happened in the case of 'Return To Castle Wolfenstein', only several months after its publication. From the player's point of view, this of course significantly reduces the chance of getting hold of a game when it is published and possibly shortly before the upcoming indexing. Internet content should also fall within the scope of the BPjM. However, this is one of the points where you can lookasks how a meaningful indexing should take place if the content is not offered by a web host from Germany. In addition, the JuSchG comes into force stating that even without prior indexing, 'carrier media that glorify war, portray people in a manner that violates human dignity or show young people in a gender-emphasized posture, with far-reaching sales, distribution and and advertising bans are proven. ”
Another regulation may not quite fit the topic of this website, which states that“ Cigarette machines must be secured in such a way that children and young people under the age of 16 cannot access cigarettes . “As with the above-mentioned indexing of Internet pages, little thought was given to the implementation. Do you now want to oblige the tobacco industry to attach an ID scanner to every cigarette machine? We are curious to see what plans the members of the Bundestag have in mind regarding this matter.
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