Category Archives: Age verification

Life is full of surprises

This blog could be a modern parable or warning that if you get fixated on one big thing you can easily miss other important stuff that is happening at the same time. It is also a timely reminder of how … Continue reading

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Evidence to the House of Lords Communications Committee

On 19th July I appeared before the House of Lords Communications Committee. They are holding an Enquiry into  Children and the internet.  On the day I was largely responding to oral questions. Will Gardner from Childnet was alongside me. Will … Continue reading

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Good but with a serious weakness

Porn in the UK In 2010 the UK established an excellent system for dealing with TV-like hard core pornographic material published online by businesses domiciled within the UK.  Age verification is an essential feature of such sites.  Ordinarily the porn is … Continue reading

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Children, business and the internet – when “free” isn’t

You wait hours for the No. 11 bus then two come along at once. That’s pretty much how things have turned out with investigations into children and e-commerce. Last month first out of the traps was the mega “Study on … Continue reading

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Comments please

Let’s assume the age of consent to sex in your country is 16. That is the case in Belgium, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain and the UK. Because of the GDPR your national legislature decides to stick with the default … Continue reading

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We need the conversation to begin soon

The GDPR passed its final, formal hurdle earlier this week. It went through un-amended and will become law in mid 2018.  There were only a handful of votes against  it, one of those being registered by Anna-Maria Corazza-Bildt who said  …..we missed … Continue reading

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Poor process, bad outcomes

Later this week a new edition of the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Bulletin will be published, with a focus on data protection.  I was invited – together with various other stakeholders – to share my views on the upcoming … Continue reading

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