Category Archives: Age verification

A big but solvable problem

The great majority of social media sites say that 13-year-olds may use their services but because few, if any, do any kind of age verification we know that 75% of all 10-12-year-olds in the UK are on them. However, on Twitter and Tumblr, for example, there is a phenomenal amount … Continue reading

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Community values trump dead Utopian vision

The debate taking place in the UK about the introduction of age verification for pornography sites is, so to speak, exposing a number of very strange arguments. Some are advanced by people such as the Open Rights Group (ORG) who are … Continue reading

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The finishing line is in sight!

The Digital Economy Bill is nearing the end of its passage through the House of Commons. When the Bill becomes law the UK will have an Age Verification Regulator (AVR). It will be the British Board of Film Classification , a … Continue reading

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Careless meets sneaky

A while ago there was an uproar when it emerged that online businesses were, in effect, paying children to exploit their friendship networks to promote certain products, without disclosing they had a commercial relationship with the company that owned the thing … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising, Age verification, Consent, Default settings, E-commerce, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

Anonymity and porn

S1 (1) of the Obscene Publications Act, 1959, defines what constitutes a criminally obscene article. In the Court of Criminal Appeals in 2002, in the case of  R v Perrin, in the context of  material published on the internet, failure to … Continue reading

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Age verification takes another step forward in the UK

The Digital Economy Bill 2016 has just completed its 2nd Reading in Parliament. This is the first major step in the British legislative system. The 1st Reading is largely a formality. The 2nd is where the broad principles and policies behind … Continue reading

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More on the GDPR – a draft

This is my first stab at trying to identify all the key headings within the GDPR which are likely to have a significant impact on children. If I have missed anything important or got something wrong please let me know and … Continue reading

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