Category Archives: E-commerce

A review of the obscenity laws

The Crown Prosecution Service has announced a review of the guidance it issues to prosecutors concerning obscene materials.  It closes on 17th October. This could be a great opportunity to correct a number of anomalies which have arisen since, and been … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Child abuse images, Default settings, E-commerce, Internet governance, Pornography, Regulation, Self-regulation

The dangers of digital piracy

With the school holidays upon us, here is a great report from Internet Matters on the dangers of digital piracy. This is not just about your children getting used to the idea that it is OK to rip off other … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising, E-commerce, Regulation, Self-regulation

I am not getting over excited about this….

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is a key bit of the US Government.  It has just announced a review of  its “International Internet Policy Priorities” . It wants comments by 2nd July. The  terms of reference make clear … Continue reading

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

Time is up

In yesterday’s blog I suggested that by responding in the way it did to the arrival of the GDPR, ICANN, in effect, pressed the self-destruct button. ICANN is now set on a path which will eventually lead to its abolition … Continue reading

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ECPAT USA steps up

I have written before about the negotiations currently taking place around the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). One of the clauses being proposed for inclusion by the US Administration would require Canada and Mexico to adopt a law which … Continue reading

Posted in Child abuse images, E-commerce, Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation

The case for age verification for pornography sites

Judging by the number of emails and phone calls I am getting, around the world there is growing interest in what the UK is doing  to reduce the possibility of children being exposed to pornographic web sites. In particular people … Continue reading

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The next step is taken

Today the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) issued its long-awaited consultation document in which it sets out its thoughts and proposals in relation to those parts of the Digital Economy Act, 2017 that require commercial pornography web sites to … Continue reading

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