More action on privacy. That was quick!


Four days ago I published a blog in which I said we ought to think about mounting a large scale and sustained public campaign which would aim to inculcate more appropriate attitudes towards online privacy and instil some better habits among us all.

Today a carrier pigeon lands on my window sill bearing the news that the Government has just announced plans to do exactly that! School age children will be a key target group, as are a class of adult males who, seemingly, are prone to be reckless. Doesn’t fit anyone I know but there you go.

If only I could convince myself that the civil servants or Ministers responsible had read my blog first and it provided the final, conclusive piece of evidence they needed to press the button. Vanity, vanity, get thee behind me. Still, it’s good to know it is happening. But I’m going to be very careful what I wish for next. A great start to 2013.

About John Carr

John Carr is one of the world's leading authorities on children's and young people's use of digital technologies. He is Senior Technical Adviser to Bangkok-based global NGO ECPAT International, Technical Adviser to the European NGO Alliance for Child Safety Online, which is administered by Save the Children Italy and an Advisory Council Member of Beyond Borders (Canada). Amongst other things John is or has been an Adviser to the United Nations, ITU, the European Union, the Council of Europe and European Union Agency for Network and Information Security and is a former Executive Board Member of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety. He is Secretary of the UK's Children's Charities' Coalition on Internet Safety. John has advised many of the world's largest internet companies on online child safety. In June, 2012, John was appointed a Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. This was renewed in 2018. More:
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