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Facebook, Google and data about porn

Facebook and Google have very strict rules about porn. Essentially it is banned from both platforms. Here is what Google says Sexually Explicit Material “Do not distribute sexually explicit or pornographic material. Do not drive traffic to commercial pornography sites”. … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Consent, E-commerce, Facebook, Google, Internet governance, Pornography, Privacy, Regulation, Uncategorized

Alarming noises fom Google

My clever radio alarm clock normally wakes me me up by blasting out the BBC’s “Today” programme. This is the UK’s  prime, agenda-setting current affairs programme. Pretty much the whole of our political class tunes in. And me. Four days … Continue reading

Posted in Google, Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation, Uncategorized

About encryption

Not long ago Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook was going to “pivot to privacy”.  Apparently the company will apply this idea to WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram (but not the Facebook platform itself). This announcement caused all kinds of fluttering in the dovecotes. … Continue reading

Posted in Child abuse images, Default settings, Internet governance, Privacy, Regulation, Uncategorized

EU must up its game

Yesterday I received a copy of a reply to a question which had been put to the European Commission by British MEP Mary Honeyball. Here is the question Subject: The potential impact of the ePrivacy Regulation on the safety, security, … Continue reading

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

Online Harms White Paper – the obvious problem

Some time ago I read a discussion of strategies online businesses might adopt to try to avoid the clutches of potential or actual Regulators. Without embarrassment or apology it was suggested companies deliberately bundle and entangle lots of things.  Why? … Continue reading

Posted in Default settings, E-commerce, ICANN, Internet governance, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation, Uncategorized

More on DNS over HTTPS

The Sunday Times today reports on the threat that DNS over HTTPS appears to pose to child protection.  

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15th July. The date when the age verification rules kick in

The Government has just announced the trigger date for the new rules concerning age verification and access to commercial pornography web sites. It is 15th July, 2019. This closes one chapter and opens another. Now the hard work begins. Will … Continue reading

Posted in Pornography, Regulation, Self-regulation, Uncategorized