Growing up with the Internet report: privacy and other child rights

We warmly welcome the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications report published on March 21, 2017, Growing up with the Internet, the 2nd Report of Session 2016–17. In particular we support the main findings in areas of data privacy and child rights and a key conclusion that, “The minimum standards should require that the strictest privacy settings should be ‘on’ by default, geolocation should be switched off until activated,…

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Surveillance of every child’s online activity risks a spiral of silence

Every child’s Internet use will soon be placed under mandatory surveillance thanks to statutory guidance “New measures to keep children safe online at school and at home” proposed by the Department for Education in December 2015 [1] that should take effect from September 2016. Schools and other educational establishments will: “need to have appropriate filters and monitoring systems, so that no child can access harmful content via the school’s IT…

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