Category Archives: Age verification

Towards a new internet strategy for the UK

On 27th February Karen Bradley MP, Secretary of State at DCMS announced the Government’s intention to  develop a new internet strategy. As a member of the Executive Board of UKCCIS I was asked for my views.  I reproduce them below. I … Continue reading

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The GDPR lands in the UK

In January the UK’s data protection authority –  the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) – issued its first formal account, an overview, of how it was interpreting the GDPR and how it saw matters proceeding from there. I’m sorry I didn’t blog about … Continue reading

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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

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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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