Category Archives: E-commerce

No room for complacency

My last blog was fairly upbeat about the UK Government’s interim response to the consultation on Online Harms. True the response was light on concrete proposals but much of the language was excellent. The overall tone was tough and purposeful. … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Child abuse images, Default settings, E-commerce, Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation, Uncategorized

The long and winding road

It has been a busy week in the UK. Yesterday the Government finally published¬† its “initial response” to the Online Harms consultation. That’s the consultation which was concluded in July last year (admittedly a lot has happened since then e.g. … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, E-commerce, Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation

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

Age verification for porn sites. How we got here.

Online gambling in the UK began to take off in the early 2000s. It sprang out of the rapid growth of the consumer oriented internet. I was soon getting calls from distressed parents whose children, typically 14/15 year old boys, … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, E-commerce, 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

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

Ouch!

A few days ago it emerged Facebook is facing a fine of around US$ 5 billion. Subject to approval by the US Department of Justice the fine will be¬† levied by the Federal Trade Commission. It is one of the … Continue reading

Posted in E-commerce, Facebook, 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

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