Category Archives: 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

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Ring the bells!

At  3.15.p.m. today the Digital Economy Bill 2016-2017  completed the penultimate formal stages of the Parliamentary processes. The House of Lords agreed to all of the amendments to its amendments that had been made when the Bill went back to … Continue reading

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Sex crimes in the USA

The UK is not the only country where child sex abuse offences are or have been rising rapidly. See New stats on US Federal sex crimes. If you read the text it seems a similar picture emerges in respect of other jurisdictions within … Continue reading

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An unsatisfactory state of affairs

Thanks to Baroness Jones of Whitchurch for tabling a Parliamentary Question about what happens to non-photographic child sexual abuse images, in particular, Manga and CGI-based material (computer generated imagery).  Lady Jones asked about such materials hosted on machines physically located … Continue reading

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ICANN lets down child abuse victims, again

There is a major story in today’s Sunday Times.  It has a front page splash and a half page inside.  It concerns two remnants of Empire, technically known as British Overseas Territories, the Chagos Islands and St Helena, the latter … Continue reading

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New data on prosecutions for images related offences

On 28th March, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice Sam Gymiah MP answered a Parliamentary Question about proceedings in the Magistrates Courts in England and Wales and convictions in all courts in England and Wales under … Continue reading

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Brussels Bulletin – report back on GDPR matters

Earlier this week in Brussels the Article 29 Working Party and the Commission independently organized two separate sets of meetings on the GDPR. They were arranged sequentially. This meant I was able to go to both. Article 29 came first. … Continue reading

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