Category Archives: Age verification

The case for age verification for pornography sites

Judging by the number of emails and phone calls I am getting, around the world there is growing interest in what the UK is doing  to reduce the possibility of children being exposed to pornographic web sites. We are introducing … Continue reading

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The next step is taken

Today the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) issued its long-awaited consultation document in which it sets out its thoughts and proposals in relation to those parts of the Digital Economy Act, 2017 that require commercial pornography web sites to … Continue reading

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France goes for 15 as the Article 8 age – a hodgepodge cometh

The GDPR comes into full force in just over two months. One of the small number of derogations the GDPR allows is for a Member State to choose a minimum age of consent for the purposes of processing data online. … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Consent, Default settings, Internet governance, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

The UK’s draft guidance on children and the GDPR

The British data protection authority (DPA) – the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) – kept its promise and released a guidance note on children and the GDPR before the end of the year. In fact, it came out on 21st December. People can … Continue reading

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Radical stuff

At the end of November the Article 29 Working Party published its proposed guidelines on consent. It has invited comments. The closing date is 23rd January, 2018. A preliminary point: Article 6 of the GDPR sets out six different bases on … Continue reading

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Looks like 13 for the UK

Yesterday the British government announced its intention to bring a Bill to Parliament to enact the provisions of the GDPR, thereby embedding them in UK law. Brexit? What Brexit? The story led the news throughout the day. There is no … Continue reading

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Ireland heading for 13

As expected it looks as if Ireland is going to end up with 13 as the age of consent for data purposes under the GDPR. This was the recommendation of Dr. Geoffrey Shannon, the Irish special rapporteur on child protection. … Continue reading

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As I would have said….

Yesterday I appeared on BBC Radio 4’s “World at One”, the current affairs lunchtime slot. If you download the podcast you’ll find the interview starts at 36 minutes and 55 seconds. Why was there a story in the first place? That … Continue reading

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Limiting play time

Interesting story from China. Tencent Holdings – seemingly China’s biggest gaming and social media business measured by revenues- runs a very popular multi-player game called “Honour Kings”. It is said it now has over 200 million users, mostly in China, … Continue reading

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Austria adopts 14 for GDPR minimum age

Austria adopts GDPR law.  Last week they chose 14 as the minimum age for data consent. Italy may also go for 14 so as to ensure consistency with a new national law on bullying. Ditto Estonia. They are actively considering … Continue reading

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