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Legislation Designed to Encourage Businesses to Respect The Rights Of The Child Online: GDPR, AVMSD and eIDAS

Dr Rachel O’Connell 2016 is a pivotal year for the future of the Internet and its governance, as Internet-related issues are high on the political agenda, with the principal concerns being human rights, privacy, security and countering terrorism. This year brings opportunities to shape a model of Internet governance that […]

A Guide to the Digital Economy Bill: Restricting Children’s Access to Online Pornography

This post examines Part 3 of the UK’s Digital Economy Bill, which requires online pornography sites to limit children’s access to adult content. It discusses the related legal, policy and technical drivers that apply across Europe that will extend the requirement to conduct age checks beyond online pornography providers to apply […]

Implications of the General Data Protection Regulation for App Ecosystems

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force in May 2018, places greater responsibility for effective information governance, and transparent data flows on businesses that operate Application Program Interfaces (API), and App stores, for example, Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Amazon. In fact, the GDPR requires all parties within an […]

Proving Your Age Online Is About to Get A Whole Lot Simpler

Dr. Rachel O’Connell GOV.UK Verify, the central government platform for online identity assurance, is due to go live today following the completion of its service assessment. Minister Matt Hancock is reported as saying that it will make a significant contribution to privacy and cyber security in the use of online […]

Could age-related eligibility checks be part of the solution in the war against hackers?

Chinese toymaker V-Tech have become the latest victims of the biggest ever cyber-attack targeting children and their parents resulting in such private information as photos, dates of birth and email addresses of 6.5 million children being stolen. Surely, if we are to learn anything from this it is that the risky practice […]

Age Checks At Point Of Payment Cheapest, Most Effective Solution To Protecting Underage Online

Key symposium of privacy experts call for Ministers to legislate for age check mechanisms to be included at point of payment. November 26th, 2015- Although a number of the major adult content providers in the world have publicly committed to deploying age checking solutions on their platforms to prevent children […]

Developing Trust has real value for commerce

Guest contributor: Sandy Porter – co-founder and strategy director of Avoco Secure. My personal life offline is a complex arrangement of multi-directional trust. My Online relationships and most offline ones with commerce and organisations, is in the main one directional; companies establish if they trust me and in the main do […]

Blockchain, Identity the Burden of Proof…

Guest contributor:David Yates, Research Analyst at Entiq Having just spent almost 10 years thinking, reading and writing about identity, I thought, or perhaps I had hoped, that such things were behind me. Throwing myself into the cryptographic world of blockchain seemed like distraction enough; but here, in the world of […]

An insight into the ‘engineering for Age Verification’

Guest contributor: Phil Archer is Data Activity Lead at W3C As Abraham Lincoln said: “we cannot escape history” and, although it’s 7 years since I was directly involved in online safety, it was interesting to read Rachel’s blog post on age verification. As I said briefly in my comments, I asked around the virtual W3C […]

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Could age-related eligibility checks be part of the solution in the war against hackers?

Chinese toymaker V-Tech have become the latest victims of the biggest ever cyber-attack targeting children and their parents resulting in such private information as photos, dates of birth and email addresses of 6.5 million children being stolen. Surely, if we are to learn anything from this it is that the risky practice […]

Proving Your Age Online Is About to Get A Whole Lot Simpler

Dr. Rachel O’Connell GOV.UK Verify, the central government platform for online identity assurance, is due to go live today following the completion of its service assessment. Minister Matt Hancock is reported as saying that it will make a significant contribution to privacy and cyber security in the use of online […]

Legislation Designed to Encourage Businesses to Respect The Rights Of The Child Online: GDPR, AVMSD and eIDAS

Dr Rachel O’Connell 2016 is a pivotal year for the future of the Internet and its governance, as Internet-related issues are high on the political agenda, with the principal concerns being human rights, privacy, security and countering terrorism. This year brings opportunities to shape a model of Internet governance that […]

Do you “own” personal data?

Guest contributor: Robin Wilton, Technical Outreach Director for Identity and Privacy, Trust and Identity Initiatives group, The Internet Society (Robin will be speaking at the upcoming symposium entitled Online Age Checking: The Time Has Come.. which will be held at the British Library, September 22, 2015) I’ve been meaning to re-write this […]

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Proving Your Age Online Is About to Get A Whole Lot Simpler

Dr. Rachel O’Connell GOV.UK Verify, the central government platform for online identity assurance, is due to go live today following the completion of its service assessment. Minister Matt Hancock is reported as saying that it will make a significant contribution to privacy and cyber security in the use of online […]

Legislation Designed to Encourage Businesses to Respect The Rights Of The Child Online: GDPR, AVMSD and eIDAS

Dr Rachel O’Connell 2016 is a pivotal year for the future of the Internet and its governance, as Internet-related issues are high on the political agenda, with the principal concerns being human rights, privacy, security and countering terrorism. This year brings opportunities to shape a model of Internet governance that […]

Those who respect the privacy of young people online look set to inherit the on-line world

Guest contributor:Mr Philip Virgo, Advisory Board, Digital Policy Alliance (Philip will be a panelist at the upcoming symposium Online Age Checking: The Time Has Come…which will be held at the British Library, September 22, 2015)  Recent surveys indicate that the “Millennial” generation is losing faith in the security of on-line players […]

A Guide to the Digital Economy Bill: Restricting Children’s Access to Online Pornography

This post examines Part 3 of the UK’s Digital Economy Bill, which requires online pornography sites to limit children’s access to adult content. It discusses the related legal, policy and technical drivers that apply across Europe that will extend the requirement to conduct age checks beyond online pornography providers to apply […]

Could age-related eligibility checks be part of the solution in the war against hackers?

Chinese toymaker V-Tech have become the latest victims of the biggest ever cyber-attack targeting children and their parents resulting in such private information as photos, dates of birth and email addresses of 6.5 million children being stolen. Surely, if we are to learn anything from this it is that the risky practice […]