Category Archives: Google

Questions about the GDPR

Thanks to a series of guidance notes that have been issued by the Article 29 Working Party we now know a lot more about the way several parts of the GDPR are likely to work when they come into force … Continue reading

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The Green Paper and other things

I have now read all of the Green Paper more thoroughly and there is no doubt in my mind, in terms of its scope and much of its language, it is extremely good.  Of course, at its heart, is the … Continue reading

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One more visit to the Last Chance Saloon

Today saw the launch of the long-awaited Green Paper (consultative document)  setting out the UK Government’s thinking on what a new internet safety strategy might look like. Containing almost 60 pages of densely written text, it pretty much covers the … Continue reading

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We needed a shout. We got a whimper

Last week the Commission of the European Union issued a press release with a headline which is a little at odds with the contents. Here it is Commission steps up efforts to tackle illegal content online. In fact the press release only speaks … Continue reading

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Begging a question

Amazing statistics emerged last week courtesy of a body called WARC which presents itself as Your global authority on advertising and media effectiveness. WARC was publicising a study carried out by Verto Analytics according to which, between them, Google and Facebook account for 25% of … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising, E-commerce, Facebook, Google, Internet governance, Microsoft, Regulation, Self-regulation

More on moderation – and car number plates

Following on from my last blog it turns out there is already a legal action underway concerning the position of moderators. It is being brought against Microsoft by two ex-employees. It will be interesting to see how the case pans out. … Continue reading

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Looks like 13 for the UK

Yesterday the British government announced its intention to bring a Bill to Parliament to enact the provisions of the GDPR, thereby embedding them in UK law. Brexit? What Brexit? The story led the news throughout the day. There is no … Continue reading

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Ireland heading for 13

As expected it looks as if Ireland is going to end up with 13 as the age of consent for data purposes under the GDPR. This was the recommendation of Dr. Geoffrey Shannon, the Irish special rapporteur on child protection. … Continue reading

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Austria adopts 14 for GDPR minimum age

Austria adopts GDPR law.  Last week they chose 14 as the minimum age for data consent. Italy may also go for 14 so as to ensure consistency with a new national law on bullying. Ditto Estonia. They are actively considering … Continue reading

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The GDPR – still huge uncertainties

Courtesy of European Schoolnet, Ghent University and KU Leuven,   a great many leading experts from the privacy world and the children’s world gathered last Friday in Brussels for the first open and serious EU-wide discussion on the implications of … Continue reading

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