According to the German Youth Media Protection Treaty (JMStV) providers of content that is said to impair the development of minors (e.g. soft pornografic or violent content) are obliged to either time schedule / watershade their content (display potentially harmful content only between 22/23 pm and 6 am), install a technical solution of their own (e.g. input and check of the identity card number) or use a governmentally approved filtering solution (Jugendschutzprogramm). JusProg offers a corresponding filtering solution, officially approved since 2012 according to Art. 11 JMStV state law.
Because JusProg takes industry- and company-wide care of governmental approval, potentially harmful content may in Germany be shown if labeled with a true site label (age.xml / age-de.xml) that can be read by an officially approved parental control software. Would your company also benefits from this so-called “privileged” status? Then you should support the JusProg e.V. with a membership to permanently secure these legal benefits. (Note: This is not legal advice. In case of questions confer with a lawyer).
The German Youth Media Protection Treaty (JMStV) committed providers with content potentially harmful for minors (i.e. content suitable from age 16) and all major commercial vendors to “program” their website for a parental control software. This means that the provider will install a so-called site label in age.xml / age-de.xml format on his website. This is a simple file that stores to a specific location on the server (root). Ideally the xml file for the whole site contains the necessary age information, but it can also contain individual age ratings for individual single pages. Parental control systems can read this age information and then possibly block the pageview for minors. The JusPorg software considers age.xml and age-de.xml. The overarching file age.xml is intended internationally, the file age-de.xml specifically for Germany.
Conceptually speaking, the age.xml / age-de.xml file is somewhat similar to Google Sitemap or robots.txt, but for age. The files are also located in the same location on the server. There are age groups for for example movies or computer games ranging from age group 0 to age group 6, 12, 16 and 18 years and older.
We offer a free label generator that enables creating age labels for websites within minutes with no technical skills: JusProg Label Generator
More information about the site-labels age.xml and age-de.xml can be found (in English) on age-label.com and in German on age-label.de