Category Archives: Self-regulation

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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Legal threat to the UK’s Information Commissioner

This should not have been necessary, but I’m afraid it is. We all know about the damage exposure to porngraphy does to children. There are no serious voices being raised against that proposition, particularly in view of the types of … Continue reading

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Warriors win. Children win

Three days ago, on Wednesday 9th June, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P) published a brilliant report containing details of their work over the two year period 2018-2020. I blogged about it the next day. In the two years … Continue reading

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Canada puts another nail in the coffin of self-regulation

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P) is justly famous for many things. One of them is the quality of their research. It is based on two vital, interdependent pillars. First is a deep understanding of the position and needs … Continue reading

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Facebook must change its mind

Over 90% of the reports shown in the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s graph below came from Facebook owned properties, principally Facebook Messenger and Instagram Direct. Yet the company intends to avert its eyes from these Apps. It … Continue reading

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Government in a muddle over porn

On the morning of 11th May the Queen’s Speech was delivered and published. In the afternoon, Caroline Dinenage MP appeared before the Communications and Digital Committee of the House of Lords. Ms Dinenage is the Minister of State responsible for … Continue reading

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Move slow and leave things broken

On 20th December, 2020, a new EU-wide law took effect. An unintended consequence appeared to call into question the legality of companies continuing to look for child sexual abuse materials being exchanged over messaging platforms. It also appeared to call … Continue reading

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Great news for children coming out of Brussels

Last night in Brussels it was announced that a political agreement had been reached on the interim derogation. In plain English what that means is, pretty much immediately, we can go back to the position we all thought we were … Continue reading

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