Category Archives: Consent

Problems with the GDPR

The EU recently undertook a review of the first two years of the operation of the GDPR. If you missed it you are not alone. The existence of the review was not well publicised. It will report soon but the … Continue reading

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

Failures of contingency planning worsened by delay

UK Children’s organizations have written a letter of protest to the Government. The media have covered in some detail certain headline failures of contingency planning in relation to Covid-19 and lockdown. Less well remarked has been the failure of contingency … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Consent, Default settings, E-commerce, Facebook, Google, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

Companies behaving like states

Tech companies and Governments between them created the crisis of confidence that is said to be stimulating the demand for greater online privacy protection. Yet they are now lining up on opposite ends of the argument about how to address … Continue reading

Posted in Consent, Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation

A big step with bigger implications

Earlier this week the British media were full of reports of the “Age Appropriate Design Code”. It had just been published by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK’s  data protection authority. The Code’s provisions are likely to become fully … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Consent, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

Something to think about

All of the early thinking about the internet – thinking which determined how it was set up at a fairly fundamental level – was framed by a belief that overwhelmingly the future users would be highly educated, therefore literate and … Continue reading

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

Facebook, Google and data about porn

Facebook and Google have very strict rules about porn. Essentially it is banned from both platforms. Here is what Google says Sexually Explicit Material “Do not distribute sexually explicit or pornographic material. Do not drive traffic to commercial pornography sites”. … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Consent, E-commerce, Facebook, Google, Internet governance, Pornography, Privacy, Regulation, Uncategorized

A child’s right to human dignity and privacy

Companies that deploy tools such as PhotoDNA to detect, delete and report child sex abuse material deserve a round of applause, but I am not sure how intense or prolonged the applause should be. We live in a strange world … Continue reading

Posted in Child abuse images, Consent, E-commerce, Regulation, Self-regulation

The only show in town

Recently I took part in a couple of events attended by high level professional child welfare and child development experts from across Europe, EU and non-EU. A great crowd. I thought I spotted someone at the second event whom I … Continue reading

Posted in Consent, Default settings, Facebook, Google, Internet governance, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

Blinded by the light

I removed the Open Rights Group (ORG) from my Christmas card list because of its disgraceful behaviour over those parts of the Digital Economy Act 2017 which establish a new regime for reducing the exposure of children to material published … Continue reading

Posted in Consent, Default settings, E-commerce, Internet governance, Pornography, Regulation, Self-regulation

News from the front

Yesterday Ministers from the 28 Member States met to consider progress on the new e-Privacy Regulation. They could still not agree a final text so the matter remains unresolved. I have only been able to listen to those Ministers who … Continue reading

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