Good news from the EU

I have just heard the Finnish Presidency of the EU has decided NOT to press for a resolution of the ePrivacy Regulation before end of the year. I think we can say “hurrah!” This means the status quo remains i.e. no objection to continued use of PhotoDNA for known images or other tools with similar technology-based child protection aims in the messaging space. When the processes start again in the New Year, with a new Commission, we will need to dig in and make sure it does not go off the rails again.

In the medium to longer term we also need to address the issue of the evident lack, among privacy  lawyers and privacy professionals, of an understanding of how different parts of the technology space can impact on young people’s health and safety.

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 and is Secretary of the UK's Children's Charities' Coalition on Internet Safety. John is now or has formerly been an Adviser to the Council of Europe, the UN (ITU), the EU and UNICEF. John has advised many of the world's largest technology companies on online child safety. John's skill as a writer has also been widely recognised. http://johncarrcv.blogspot.com
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