Council Recommendation 98/560/EC of 24 September 1998 on the development of the competitiveness of the European audiovisual and information services industry by promoting national frameworks aimed at achieving a comparable and effective level of protec...
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Objective(s):The Council Recommendation 98/560/EC of 24 September 1998 on the development of the competitiveness of the European audiovisual and information services industry is the first legal instrument at Community level governing the content of audiovisual and information services and the protection of minors and human dignity. The text invites Member States to "foster a climate of confidence which will promote the development of the audiovisual and information services industry by: the establishment of a national framework for self-regulation by operators of on-line services, taking into account the indicative principles and methodology described in the Annex. It also recommends that "the industries and parties concerned: (2) cooperate in the drawing up of codes of conduct for the protection of minors and human dignity applying to the provision of on-line services, inter alia to create an environment favourable to the development of new services, taking into account the principles and the methodology described in the Annex". More specifically television broadcasters were asked to try out new digital methods of parental control (such as personal codes, filtering software or control chips) and on-line Internet service providers are asked to develop codes of good conduct so as to better apply and clarify current legislation. The Commission is invited to facilitate international cooperation by networking the bodies responsible for self-regulation and the sharing of good practices in this area. The Annex to the recommendation offers indicative guidelines for the implementation, at national level, of self-regulation framework for the protection of minors and human dignity in on-line audiovisual and information services. These guidelines concern the consultation and representativeness of the parties concerned; the content of the codes of conduct and national bodies facilitating cooperation at community level and evaluation of the "self-regulation frameworks".
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