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My letter in today’s Financial Times

Today the Financial Times has published a letter by me in which I applaud Apple’s decision concerning its plans to limit the possibility of child sex abuse material being distributed via their devices or network. I also suggest it will … Continue reading

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States, csam and grooming. A proactive future?

The Council of Europe has brought out an extremely useful and timely report. Quoting directly from multiple sources it draws together many of the principal legal instruments which have a bearing on the obligations of states actively to protect children … Continue reading

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Safety by Design takes a big step forward

“Put it out Tuesday. Get it right by version three”. According to Professor Ross Anderson this was the dominant way of thinking in Big Tech long before Mark Zuckerberg’s updated nostrum – “move fast and break things”. Anderson suggests the … Continue reading

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Shameless self-promotion. By me.

My dad was 13 years old when the Second World War broke out. He was Jewish and lived in Poland. Yet he survived. I have written a book about how he did that. Brought out last year by a small … Continue reading

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Let’s talk about strong encryption. Again.

I hate to be unfair to Facebook (please don’t tell anyone I wrote that) but they are in the major line of fire in the encryption debate only because we know the scale of apparently criminal behaviour taking place on … Continue reading

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What can aeroplanes teach us?

The other day I was talking to the CEO of a tech company, expressing my frustration at the way scaremongering misinformation seems to have taken hold in relation to the way various child protection tools operate online. We are talking … Continue reading

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Trends and Facebook on manoeuvres

Last Wednesday the USA’s National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) published its numbers for 2020. 16.9 million reports received in 2019  grew to 21.7 million in 2020. That’s up over 25%. Messaging platforms remain the largest source. 21.4 … Continue reading

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The shame continues

Last Thursday afternoon the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament met. The proceedings are viewable. The meeting was scheduled to take two hours.  It had several items to discuss. The earlier ones overran. When the question of the derogation and … 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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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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