Category Archives: Google

Answers, answers

2017 has set off at a blistering pace. The first week is not over yet and already we have had two important announcements. Searching for answers NSPCC got in first with its call for parents to make greater use of … Continue reading

Posted in Default settings, E-commerce, Facebook, Google, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

Only 100

I have written many times about the fantastic work Microsoft did when they developed Photo DNA – the tool that allows law enforcement and other agencies to create a “digital fingerprint” of a child abuse image. This “fingerprint” can then … Continue reading

Posted in Child abuse images, Default settings, E-commerce, Facebook, Google, Internet governance, Microsoft, Regulation, Self-regulation

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

Posted in Age verification, Default settings, E-commerce, Facebook, Google, Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation

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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The new data protection regulation – possible wrinkles?

Late last week I was talking to a colleague from Sweden who works for a small social media start up. She was very exercised by the new GDPR.  They had already put their service together based on the notion that … Continue reading

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A new take on privacy and consent

Simon Davies is one of the world’s leading authorities in the field of online privacy. He thinks we are in the middle of a huge crisis – one that should concern us all. The titles of two of his recent … Continue reading

Posted in Consent, Default settings, E-commerce, Facebook, Google, Internet governance, Location, Mobile phones, Pornography, Regulation, Self-regulation, Uncategorized

A New Year wish for big data

Studies carried out into the life stories of men convicted of offences  linked to child abuse images, grooming  or even direct contact offending against children have shown there are no common characteristics which can reliably be said to act as … Continue reading

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