Category Archives: Privacy

A very bad day for children in Europe

If you live in an EU Member State and you have used Facebook Messenger or Instagram Direct today you probably saw this message. “Some features are not available. This is to respect new rules for messaging services in Europe. We’re … Continue reading

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A new industry award

On this crucial day for children, as the EU’s “trilogue” meets to decide the fate of proactive child protection tools within the 27 Member States, I have decided to inaugurate a new annual award. I think I will call it … Continue reading

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Half a pat on the back

Thanks to tremendous lobbying and campaigning work by children’s organizations from across the world we have won the first part of what we wanted to achieve. LIBE says “yes” MEPs were tremendously impressed by the breadth and scale of support … Continue reading

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The questions to be asked in Brussels

Crunch time approaches in Brussels. Members of the LIBE Committee and later the plenary need to focus on the following questions: When the GDPR was making its way through the European Instistitions do you think the co-legislators expressly intended to … Continue reading

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Privacy warriors arrive late

Governments and legislators stood by and watched for years while the internet exploded, bringing in its wake huge benefits but also several downsides, particularly for children. “Permissionless Innovation” was the watchword. We even created special legal immunities to help things … Continue reading

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The wisdom of Max Schrems

I met Max Schrems at a seminar in a law school in the USA last year. He opened his remarks by saying in preparing his comments for the seminar he tried to talk to lawyers in the privacy community who … Continue reading

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Don’t be a child in Europe

Yesterday the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) published an opinion on the European Commission’s proposal for a temporary suspension of parts of the e-Privacy Directive of 2002. It is a weak Opinion, riddled with error. The good points the EDPS … Continue reading

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Joy tinged with anger

At 5.00.a.m. today the Head of Instagram published a blog entitled “An important step towards better protecting our community in Europe”.  There is much that is important and of interest in Facebook’s blog so please read it but here, for … Continue reading

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Nuremberg and the internet

Many people who read “East West Street” by Philippe Sands QC, may have been surprised to learn it was the horrors of the Second World War which propelled the international community – as represented by politicians, mainly elected ones – … Continue reading

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Kids can’t pay for the truth

In many countries advertising revenues were vital in helping keep “old-fashioned” newspapers and other types of journals alive, particularly smaller, local ones. Typically these would be in printed form but they all soon had an online counterpart. In addition there … Continue reading

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