Category Archives: Privacy

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

Return to Sender – nothing new here

According to a well known search engine there is a dispute about the provenance of what is probably the best known definition of madness. The one where insanity is described as doing the same thing over and over yet expecting … Continue reading

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

Not so dark after all

At the recent IGF  I attended several workshops where privacy was discussed. At a number of them two things struck me: everyone agreed privacy was desirable, but almost nobody thought it actually existed on the internet. The predominant view among … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted in Advertising, Age verification, Consent, Default settings, E-commerce, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

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

Posted in Age verification, E-commerce, Pornography, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation