Category Archives: Location

“Things” are hotting up

The 14th May edition of New Scientist carried an interesting article called The internet of unprotected things. It’s an interview with John Matherly, the man who invented Shodan, a highly specialised search engine. Shodan enables users to identify devices that are connected … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

Mobile phones as electronic tags for victims of domestic abuse

Interesting release by the excellent Jennifer Perry at the Digital Safety Trust.  Although the focus is on domestic abuse – an extremely important issue in its own right –  it has obvious implications for other types of abusive behaviour Domestic … Continue reading

Posted in Location, Mobile phones, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation, Uncategorized

Taking stock of the Coalitions

  In December, 2011, Vice President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes identified five areas where she wanted to see internet companies taking action to make the internet a better place for kids. In the name of self-regulation Kroes asked … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising, Age verification, Child abuse images, Consent, Default settings, E-commerce, Facebook, Google, Internet governance, Location, Microsoft, Mobile phones, Pornography, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

The law needs to change

  There are (at least) two aspects to everything we do when we make a phone call, send an email, post something online or visit a web site. One is what we say or the action we take. That is … Continue reading

Posted in Default settings, Internet governance, Location, Mobile phones, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

The murkier side of apps and ecommerce

  The Office of Fair Trading is the UK’s competition watchdog. This is how they describe their work The OFT’s mission is to make markets work well for consumers. Markets work well when businesses are in open, fair and vigorous … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising, Age verification, Apple, BlackBerry, CEOP, Consent, Default settings, E-commerce, Google, Internet governance, Location, Microsoft, Mobile phones, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation