Category Archives: Privacy

A very disturbing message from Oz

José Mourinho (Manchester United) once described rival manager Arsène Wenger (Arsenal) as a “specialist in failure”. I think we should start referring to Facebook as a “specialist in apologising”. Seriously. Is there anyone out there who has recorded the number … Continue reading

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

What’s really going on with the new law

The number of sites that are going to be affected in any way at all  by the relevant provisions of the Digital Economy Act, 2017, is comparatively small although, of course, they are the biggest sites – the ones that … Continue reading

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

Election 2017 – a Digital Manifesto

Age verification for pornography sites was a key measure advocated in the Digital Manifesto published by the UK children’s charities ahead of the 2015 General Election. Earlier this week that proposal was adopted in the Digital Economy Act, 2017. This shows … Continue reading

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

Towards a new internet strategy for the UK

On 27th February Karen Bradley MP, Secretary of State at DCMS announced the Government’s intention to  develop a new internet strategy. As a member of the Executive Board of UKCCIS I was asked for my views.  I reproduce them below. I … Continue reading

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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

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