Queen’s speech: safeguarding children, data, and digital rights

The Queen’s Speech promises new laws to ensure that, “the United Kingdom retains its world-class regime protecting personal data”. And a new digital charter to make the UK the safest place to be online for children. The briefing background suggests the government intends to tackle new challenges and threats – ‘to our security, privacy, emotional wellbeing, mental health and the safety of our children’. They commit to  ‘respond to these…

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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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