Category Archives: Regulation

A postcript on the encryption misrepresentation

In the latest “New Scientist” (page 11 of the print version) this heading caught my eye “Spies may be gathering encrypted data to crack with a future quantum computer”. It seems even though today’s 007s (and doubtless others who swim … Continue reading

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Child protection delayed is child protection denied

In December 2020, one second after midnight when the new provisions of the European Electronic Communications Code kicked in, Facebook stopped looking for child sex abuse material (csam) across its platforms in all 27 EU Member States.  Historically, a huge … Continue reading

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A note about privacy

Several media outlets that major on investigative journalism provide special ways for people to communicate with them.  “Motherboard” is one such. It is part of an online media group called “Vice”. The name is a little misleading. As far as … Continue reading

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A PS about scale, proactivity and not listening to the world

I reproduce below an extract from Facebook’s latest “Community Standards Enforcement Report”.  It is for the quarter ended June 2021. Very up to date. Published on 18th August it hardly needs saying there was no appreciable time lag between collecting … Continue reading

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Strong support for Apple’s breakthrough initiative

Apple’s announcement about how it intends to address the problem of child sex abuse material (csam) being distributed using its devices and services shows what can happen when a serious company puts serious resources behind trying to solve a serious … Continue reading

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Age verification on the move. Porn is the target

Yesterday’s Daily Telegraph carried a great piece in which Rachel de Souza, England’s new Children’s Commissioner, makes clear her ambitions for age verification in general but in particular in respect of pornography sites. She obviously believes introducing age verification to … Continue reading

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Bravo Apple

There has been great rejoicing at ECPAT International’s global HQ in Bangkok. Last week the work we have been doing with our partners around strong encryption received an enormous boost when Apple made a hugely important announcement about their plans … Continue reading

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The importance of Clause 36(3), money and general monitoring

OK. I am going to shout it out loud, or rather I am going to put it in writing, in public, which is sort of the same thing. There is a great deal in the UK’s Online Safety Bill (OSB) … Continue reading

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Age verification in the EU moving forward

The Advisory Board of euConsent held its first meeting last week. euConsent aims to deliver a framework of standards which will encourage the development of a pan-European network of providers of online age verification and parental consent mechanisms. Hugely important … Continue reading

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General Comment 25 – an event of global significance

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is widely accepted as the cornerstone or foundational document in respect of children’s rights. Every country in the world bar one has signed and ratified the Convention. The highly regrettable … Continue reading

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