Category Archives: Consent

The GDPR lands in the UK

In January the UK’s data protection authority –  the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) – issued its first formal account, an overview, of how it was interpreting the GDPR and how it saw matters proceeding from there. I’m sorry I didn’t blog about … Continue reading

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Careless meets sneaky

A while ago there was an uproar when it emerged that online businesses were, in effect, paying children to exploit their friendship networks to promote certain products, without disclosing they had a commercial relationship with the company that owned the thing … Continue reading

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Evidence to the House of Lords Communications Committee

On 19th July I appeared before the House of Lords Communications Committee. They are holding an Enquiry into  Children and the internet.  On the day I was largely responding to oral questions. Will Gardner from Childnet was alongside me. Will … Continue reading

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Comments please

Let’s assume the age of consent to sex in your country is 16. That is the case in Belgium, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain and the UK. Because of the GDPR your national legislature decides to stick with the default … Continue reading

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Poor process, bad outcomes

Later this week a new edition of the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Bulletin will be published, with a focus on data protection.  I was invited – together with various other stakeholders – to share my views on the upcoming … Continue reading

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The EU gets it completely wrong

I am Secretary of the UK Children’s Charities’ Coalition on Internet Safety (CHIS). In that capacity today I sent a letter to Claude Moraes MEP, who is Chair  of the European Parliament’s LIBE Committee. If you want  the letter itself … Continue reading

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A new take on privacy and consent

Simon Davies is one of the world’s leading authorities in the field of online privacy. He thinks we are in the middle of a huge crisis – one that should concern us all. The titles of two of his recent … Continue reading

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The relevant text – and age verification puts in an appearance

The text that was agreed last night reads as follows   Article 8 Conditions applicable to child’s consent in relation to information society services ….. in relation to the offering of information society services directly to a child, the processing … Continue reading

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Should I laugh, cry or emigrate?

A little while ago I wrote a blog in which I lamented the way in which the EU had decided – in the name of net neutrality no less – to ban internet access providers from turning on child protection … Continue reading

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Neuroscience providing new insights

Advances in imaging technology are having all kinds of beneficial effects in medicine. Apart from reducing the need for invasive exploratory surgical procedures in all parts of our bodies it is also helping neuroscience to develop apace. We can now … Continue reading

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