Category Archives: E-commerce

Action on the internet of things

UK announces plans to act on the internet of things.  This will be tricky but it’s another key part of the mosaic. More and more toys  and other items that children use are “internet things”. Watch this space    

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

Online Harms White Paper – the obvious problem

Some time ago I read a discussion of strategies online businesses might adopt to try to avoid the clutches of potential or actual Regulators. Without embarrassment or apology it was suggested companies deliberately bundle and entangle lots of things.  Why? … Continue reading

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

The Not Scientist and others

On Tuesday the UK Government finally announced the trigger date (15th July) for those parts of the Digital Economy Act, 2017 which require commercial pornography sites to ensure persons under the age of 18 are not able to view their … Continue reading

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

A bulletin from California

The UK’s Secretary of State responsible for internet policy, Jeremy Wright MP, is in California this week meeting various high tech companies ahead of a soon-to-be-released White Paper which will shape Britain’s future policy on a range of internet harms … Continue reading

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

Another update on the e-Privacy Regulation

A lot has been happening on the e-Privacy Regulation. Mostly it has been good news so I have not been issuing further  clarion calls for more lobbying. I hope I have not been naïve but I think our joint work … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

Read this and weep

Hot news: on Thursday evening in Brussels officials working on the draft ePrivacy Regulation agreed they were at an impasse. They cannot reach a consensus on the text so the matter has been referred “upstairs” to see if the outstanding … Continue reading

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

Think again Signor Buttarelli and friends

Most people with an interest in the field will now know the Article 29 Working Party no longer exists. It has been replaced by the European Data Protection Supervisory Board (EDPB). The EDPB is an independent body made up of … Continue reading

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

They both got it wrong

Post-GDPR the principal focus of recent discussions between ICANN and the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has been on how entities that previously had access to WHOIS, and used it a lot, will be able to do so in the … Continue reading

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