Category Archives: Consent

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

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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

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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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Sexual Extortion and Nonconsensual Pornography

Carrying on a tradition of high quality and original research the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children has just released a report containing a chilling set of insights into the horrors that can overtake children and young people who … Continue reading

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Final version of the letter to the NTIA

The  UK children’s charities sent this in to the NTIA on 17th July, 2018. Dear NTIA, Thank you for this opportunity to submit comments on the future of the US Government’s international internet policy priorities. One in three human internet users is … Continue reading

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Problems with consent

Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote a wonderful sonnet which opens with this famous line “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways” She then lists eight or nine. Here is the Oxford English Dictionary definition of “consent” Permission for … 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

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The UK’s draft guidance on children and the GDPR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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Questions about the GDPR

Thanks to a series of guidance notes that have been issued by the Article 29 Working Party we now know a lot more about the way several parts of the GDPR are likely to work when they come into force … Continue reading

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