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online safety and digital citizenship specialist

Adults who work with Young People News

02 September 2021

A sweeping set of regulations governing how online services should treat children’s data have been welcomed by campaigners as they come into effect.

The Age Appropriate Design Code – which was written into law as part of the 2018 Data Protection Act, which also implemented GDPR in the UK – mandates websites and apps from Thursday to take the “best interests” of their child users into account, or face fines of up to 4% of annual global turnover.

 

There is a clear summary of the code here

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18 August 2021

Now, with the Taliban back in power, each digital breadcrumb could be a reason to be punished or killed.

There are several different ways the Taliban could find out information about you: information stored locally on your device; your contacts (messages with whom you’ve exchanged may be on their devices); the cloud services you use; and the data moving between those places, subject to interception.

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17 August 2021

App and web-based ordering has become commonplace during the pandemic.

But the Information Commissioner's Office told the BBC that customers should be aware they had a choice over whether to share information.

Venues should only ask for data that is "relevant and necessary", the ICO said.

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15 August 2021

It is hard to see how Davison’s actions fail to meet the government’s definition of terrorism, which includes “the use of threat or action… to intimidate the public”. Examples include serious violence against one or more people, endangering someone’s life or creating a serious risk to the health and safety of the public: tick, tick and tick.

But here is the get-out clause. The definition stipulates that terrorism must be “for the purpose of advancing a political, religious, racial or ideological cause” and it is often argued that even the most extreme misogyny does not meet that test.

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