Category Archives: Privacy

About encryption

Not long ago Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook was going to “pivot to privacy”.  Apparently the company will apply this idea to WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram (but not the Facebook platform itself). This announcement caused all kinds of fluttering in the dovecotes. … Continue reading

Posted in Child abuse images, Default settings, Internet governance, Privacy, Regulation, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

US$ 80 trillion

I imagine the heading for this blog caught your attention. 80 trillion is not a number you hear or see very often. 80 trillion dollars is a mind bogglingly large sum. It was uttered in a meeting room in Parliament … Continue reading

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

A postscript about Top Level Domains

In a previous blog I reported that in 2018 the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) identified and took action against 105,047 urls containing child sex abuse material. That was an increase on the previous year where they identified 78,589. Of the … Continue reading

Posted in Child abuse images, Default settings, Pornography, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

The only show in town

Recently I took part in a couple of events attended by high level professional child welfare and child development experts from across Europe, EU and non-EU. A great crowd. I thought I spotted someone at the second event whom I … Continue reading

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

A warning about dating Apps

Apple and Google have removed three dating Apps from their App Stores following a warning from the Federal Trade Commission about COPPA breaches. The FTC warns about the dangers of adults contacting children (I imagine that’s in the specific context … Continue reading

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

Online Harms White Paper – the obvious problem

Some time ago I read a discussion of strategies online businesses might adopt to try to avoid the clutches of potential or actual Regulators. Without embarrassment or apology it was suggested companies deliberately bundle and entangle lots of things.  Why? … Continue reading

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

Scary stuff

Over 90% of households in the UK receive their domestic broadband service via one of the “Big Four” ISPs. Each supplies customers with a set of family filters to restrict access to content considered unsuitable for children. These filters are … Continue reading

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