Category Archives: Privacy

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

More news about ICANN and WHOIS

In  a recent blog I mentioned that, on behalf of the UK’s children’s organizations, I had written to the Chair of the Article 29 Working Group expressing concerns about the way the GDPR was being interpreted in respect of WHOIS data.  … Continue reading

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

Article 29, WHOIS and ICANN

In less than ten days time, on 25th May, the GDPR becomes law in every EU jurisdiction.  Officially, the GDPR began its journey towards this state of grace in 2012,  when the European Commission published its draft proposal, although to … Continue reading

Posted in Internet governance, Location, Privacy, Regulation | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Advertising, Age verification, E-commerce, Pornography, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation | 1 Comment

Another Requiem for self-regulation

As a service to my readers below are a few choice snippets from recent media coverage on the vexed question of regulation and the internet. These have arisen in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Before getting to them … Continue reading

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

France goes for 15 as the Article 8 age – a hodgepodge cometh

The GDPR comes into full force in just over two months. One of the small number of derogations the GDPR allows is for a Member State to choose a minimum age of consent for the purposes of processing data online. … Continue reading

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

More loyal and royal than the Crown

s. 230 of the Communications Decency Act, 1996 is the bit of US Federal law that confers a near-blanket immunity on internet intermediaries who facilitate the publication of content by third parties. You would think, in January 2018, anyone who … Continue reading

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