Category Archives: Pornography

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

A postscript about Top Level Domains

In a previous blog I reported that in 2018 the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) identified and took action against 105,047 urls containing child sex abuse material. That was an increase on the previous year where they identified 78,589. Of the … Continue reading

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

15th July. The date when the age verification rules kick in

The Government has just announced the trigger date for the new rules concerning age verification and access to commercial pornography web sites. It is 15th July, 2019. This closes one chapter and opens another. Now the hard work begins. Will … Continue reading

Posted in Pornography, Regulation, Self-regulation, Uncategorized

An interesting case and UKCCIS gets a mention

This morning I read the judgement in the case of A, a young adult male who had a range of learning and other difficulties.  His local authority was very involved in making arrangements for A’s care and it had come … Continue reading

Posted in Child abuse images, Default settings, Facebook, Internet governance, Pornography, Privacy, 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

Age Verification regulations clear their final hurdle

The House of Commons tonight agreed the final regulations necessary to introduce age verification on commercial pornography web sites. Yippee!! All we need now is notice of the commencement date. Expected to be 3 months from today or thereabouts. Then … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Internet governance, Pornography, Regulation, Self-regulation

Bravo Tumblr

Well done Tumblr for  deciding to ban porn from its site. There can be no justification for a platform that specifies 13 as its entry age also publishing content expressly designed for adults. Twitter next?  

Posted in Pornography, Regulation, Self-regulation

A review of the obscenity laws

The Crown Prosecution Service has announced a review of the guidance it issues to prosecutors concerning obscene materials.  It closes on 17th October. This could be a great opportunity to correct a number of anomalies which have arisen since, and been … Continue reading

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

Final version of the letter to the NTIA

The  UK children’s charities sent this in to the NTIA on 17th July, 2018. Dear NTIA, Thank you for this opportunity to submit comments on the future of the US Government’s international internet policy priorities. One in three human internet users is … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Child abuse images, Consent, Default settings, ICANN, Internet governance, Pornography, Self-regulation

The case for age verification for pornography sites

Judging by the number of emails and phone calls I am getting, around the world there is growing interest in what the UK is doing  to reduce the possibility of children being exposed to pornographic web sites. We are introducing … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising, Age verification, E-commerce, Pornography, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation