Category Archives: Privacy

Sad, but unfortunately not surprising

Free speech and civil liberties organizations do a hugely important job scrutinizing the activities of state agencies. However, you are forced to wonder if, sometimes, they don’t completely lose touch with common humanity. The Electronic Frontier Foundation  (EFF)has just served … Continue reading

Posted in Child abuse images, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation, Uncategorized

More progress in the fight against online child sex abuse

Last week representatives from the Governments of the “Five Eyes” nations, (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA) gathered in Washington DC. They endorsed a set of eleven voluntary principles to combat a range of online threats to … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Child abuse images, Facebook, Google, Internet governance, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

Good news from Australia

Good news from Australia. A Parliamentary Committee of Enquiry today publishes its findings, coming down in favour of age verification as an important tool to help keep pornography away from the eyes of people it was never meant for, namely … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Pornography, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

Facebook urged to rethink its plans for encryption

Today children’s organizations from over 100 hundred countries around the world publish a letter urging Facebook to rethink its plans on encryption. So far the story has been picked up and reported by the BBC, the Financial Times and the … Continue reading

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

A big step with bigger implications

Earlier this week the British media were full of reports of the “Age Appropriate Design Code”. It had just been published by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK’s  data protection authority. The Code’s provisions are likely to become fully … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Consent, Privacy, 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

A big “thank you” to Facebook

The essence of Facebook’s argument for changing Facebook Messenger and Instagram Direct Messaging from unencrypted to encrypted environments is that “all the other major messaging Apps are already encrypted or are going to be so if we don’t do this … Continue reading

Posted in Child abuse images, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

More shocking insights

Here’s another great piece from the New York Times. It’s the third in the series. The headline tells you what the focus is this time around. Video Games and Online Chats are ‘Hunting Grounds’ for Sexual Predators Children are the … Continue reading

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

More evidence about the dangers to children posed by encryption

Earlier this week the NSPCC published the results of a series of Freedom of Information requests it made to the police in England and Wales (so not the whole of the UK). They  asked the police how many cases they … Continue reading

Posted in Child abuse images, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

Good news from the EU

I have just heard the Finnish Presidency of the EU has decided NOT to press for a resolution of the ePrivacy Regulation before end of the year. I think we can say “hurrah!” This means the status quo remains i.e. … Continue reading

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