Category Archives: Default settings

Is the cure worse than the disease?

In a blog which focuses on the meaning of “privacy” in the modern world, Privacy International published an excellent summary of key international instruments which address the subject. At the end they announce their conclusion Privacy is a qualified, fundamental … Continue reading

Posted in Apple, Child abuse images, Default settings, E-commerce, Internet governance, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

More shocking insights

Here’s another great piece from the New York Times. It’s the third in the series. The headline tells you what the focus is this time around. Video Games and Online Chats are ‘Hunting Grounds’ for Sexual Predators Children are the … Continue reading

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

Good news from the EU

I have just heard the Finnish Presidency of the EU has decided NOT to press for a resolution of the ePrivacy Regulation before end of the year. I think we can say “hurrah!” This means the status quo remains i.e. … Continue reading

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

Journalism and wishful thinking

Today there is much concern about the accuracy of words appearing on the internet. That being the case is it unreasonable to hope journalists make clear when they are offering an opinion about, or an interpretation of, events? If that … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Default settings, E-commerce, Pornography, Regulation, Self-regulation

Facebook moving in the right direction

That is not a headline I thought I would write any time soon. However, I have to say I applaud Facebook’s announcement earlier this week concerning the company’s plans to address the standards they will adopt in relation to content … Continue reading

Posted in Default settings, E-commerce, Facebook, Internet governance, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

Trying to hang on to a failed past

Remember when Facebook point blank refused to tell the UK Government anything meaningful about a range of issues connected with children’s use of their platform? We have just had an even bigger example of very similar behaviour, involving at least … Continue reading

Posted in Default settings, Internet governance, 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

The US Federal Trade Commission to review COPPA

The US Federal Trade Commission is to review the operation of the COPPA rules. That’ll be interesting. And it is definitely important, globally speaking. I think it is fair to say the last time the FTC looked at how the … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Default settings, Regulation, Self-regulation

UK children’s groups responses to the Online Harms White Paper now available

The detailed responses to the UK Government’s Online Harms White Paper by UK children’s organizations is now available plus a summary of the recommendations: http://www.chis.org.uk/ In the larger document there are several examples or case studies which illustrate very clearly … Continue reading

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

A further note on encryption

In my earlier blog on the subject of encryption I referred to a statement made by Mark Zuckerberg about his intention to make Messenger and Instagram encrypted services. WhatsApp already is. Just in case some of you missed the significance … Continue reading

Posted in Child abuse images, Default settings, Regulation, Self-regulation