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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 […]

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 […]

ONLINE AGE CHECKING 5-18 YEAR OLDS: Meeting Business and Legal Requirements, Enabling enhanced e-safeguarding and the protection of children and young people’s iRights.

Dr. Rachel O’Connell There are well-established principles that operate in the offline world such as: that it is the sellers of age-restricted goods and services that are expected to check the age of a customer wishing to make a purchase. To date in an online context, the challenge has been […]

The Personal Public Service Number Can Be Used To Better Protect Children Online

Robust online age verification for both children and young people wishing to access a range of products and services online, including via mobile devices, is regarded by many as essential to improving children’s safety online. In Ireland the average age at which children start using the Internet is 9 years of […]

Privacy Preserving Access to Age-Gated Adult Pornography

  One of the longest standing online child safety issues for parents, businesses, regulators and governments relates to concerns about the ease with which children and young people can access adult rated content, in particular, pornography online. A number of years ago there were concerns about young people accessing online […]

It Is Time To Get Serious About Age Verification

“The recent NSPCC Childline campaign announced should serve as a wake‐up call to those who are serious about ensuring that parents can allow their children to explore the internet in safety, with confidence that they can be protected by effective age verification processes”, said Independent Crossbench Peer Lord Erroll, announcing the […]

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It Is Time To Get Serious About Age Verification

“The recent NSPCC Childline campaign announced should serve as a wake‐up call to those who are serious about ensuring that parents can allow their children to explore the internet in safety, with confidence that they can be protected by effective age verification processes”, said Independent Crossbench Peer Lord Erroll, announcing the […]

Privacy Preserving Access to Age-Gated Adult Pornography

  One of the longest standing online child safety issues for parents, businesses, regulators and governments relates to concerns about the ease with which children and young people can access adult rated content, in particular, pornography online. A number of years ago there were concerns about young people accessing online […]

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 […]

The Personal Public Service Number Can Be Used To Better Protect Children Online

Robust online age verification for both children and young people wishing to access a range of products and services online, including via mobile devices, is regarded by many as essential to improving children’s safety online. In Ireland the average age at which children start using the Internet is 9 years of […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

ONLINE AGE CHECKING 5-18 YEAR OLDS: Meeting Business and Legal Requirements, Enabling enhanced e-safeguarding and the protection of children and young people’s iRights.

Dr. Rachel O’Connell There are well-established principles that operate in the offline world such as: that it is the sellers of age-restricted goods and services that are expected to check the age of a customer wishing to make a purchase. To date in an online context, the challenge has been […]

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 […]