Privacy, data and legal issues in safety tech: Challenges in making safety tech – how the BBC developed its Own It app

An expert panel discusses how to deliver user safety without compromising privacy.

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11.00 - 12.00



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Working on online harms means that companies are frequently needing to deal with tricky issues of privacy, legality of content, and commercial considerations. These can be hard for any company to navigate, but particularly SMEs with scarce resources.

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In this session we will learn about the way the BBC made their “BBC Own It” app, which is designed to support, help and advise children, in the moment, when they use their phones to chat and explore the online world. Jon Howard from the BBC will talk about the product development and user research that went into the app, focussing on the challenges of making safety tech products.

We’ll come away with a list of suggestions for ways in which the Safety Tech Innovation Network can make a difference – for example by developing guidance, or sharing and promoting best practices.


  • Jon Howard | Executive Product Manager, BBC Design and Engineering
  • Jake Larsson | Knowledge Transfer Manager – Design, KTN

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