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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

EU must up its game

Yesterday I received a copy of a reply to a question which had been put to the European Commission by British MEP Mary Honeyball. Here is the question Subject: The potential impact of the ePrivacy Regulation on the safety, security, … Continue reading

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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

More on DNS over HTTPS

The Sunday Times today reports on the threat that DNS over HTTPS appears to pose to child protection.  

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15th July. The date when the age verification rules kick in

The Government has just announced the trigger date for the new rules concerning age verification and access to commercial pornography web sites. It is 15th July, 2019. This closes one chapter and opens another. Now the hard work begins. Will … Continue reading

Posted in Pornography, 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

More about the power of PhotoDNA and similar tools

Twitter report that in the first 6 months of 2018 they suspended nearly half a million accounts for violations relating to child sexual exploitation. 97% of those accounts were proactively flagged using PhotoDNA and similar tools. In Dublin on Friday … Continue reading

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