Category Archives: Default settings

Privacy warriors arrive late

Governments and legislators stood by and watched for years while the internet exploded, bringing in its wake huge benefits but also several downsides, particularly for children. “Permissionless Innovation” was the watchword. We even created special legal immunities to help things … Continue reading

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The wisdom of Max Schrems

I met Max Schrems at a seminar in a law school in the USA last year. He opened his remarks by saying in preparing his comments for the seminar he tried to talk to lawyers in the privacy community who … Continue reading

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Joy tinged with anger

At 5.00.a.m. today the Head of Instagram published a blog entitled “An important step towards better protecting our community in Europe”.  There is much that is important and of interest in Facebook’s blog so please read it but here, for … Continue reading

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Nuremberg and the internet

Many people who read “East West Street” by Philippe Sands QC, may have been surprised to learn it was the horrors of the Second World War which propelled the international community – as represented by politicians, mainly elected ones – … Continue reading

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Kids can’t pay for the truth

In many countries advertising revenues were vital in helping keep “old-fashioned” newspapers and other types of journals alive, particularly smaller, local ones. Typically these would be in printed form but they all soon had an online counterpart. In addition there … Continue reading

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Let’s not make TWO mistakes

Nobody had spotted it. The European Commission openly acknowledged an error had been made. If left uncorrected it would bring to an end measures which have been protecting kids since 2009. On 10th September the Commission published a proposal.  It … Continue reading

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Children’s groups speak out

The EU held a consultation on the upcoming Digital Services Act. It closed yesterday. Here is a link to the document I submitted with the support of one or more children’s groups from 15 Member States. What with the holiday … Continue reading

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The EU’s Digital Services Act

On 8th September an EU consultation closes. It concerns a proposed new Digital Services Act (DSA). The Act will provide a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change the internet’s ground rules. Children’s advocates need to get busy. Reforming the e-Commerce Directive In … Continue reading

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The agony and the ecstasy – all in the same day

Regular readers will recall last year I got very  engaged with discussions on the new e-Privacy Regulation being drawn up in Brussels. They were threatening to outlaw the use of PhotoDNA and similar tools by certain types of electronic communications … Continue reading

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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

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