Data Protection

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    If children don’t know an ad from information, how can they grasp how companies use their personal data?

If children don’t know an ad from information, how can they grasp how companies use their personal data?

All EU member states have until May 2018 to incorporate the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) into British law. Article 8 states that, unless member states decide otherwise, children under the age of 16 years old will require parental permission to use “information society services”, which refers to most online resources. Most provisions of the GDPR are to improve […]

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    When your eyes betray you: is virtual reality too close for comfort?

When your eyes betray you: is virtual reality too close for comfort?

With the dawn of immersive virtual reality (VR) technologies, data-collection is taking another leap toward recording our subtlest physical reactions and even our emotional states, writes Finn Lützow-Holm Myrstad, Head of section, digital services and electricity at the Norwegian Consumer Council and EU Co-chair of the Infosoc Committee of the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD).

Through the use of VR-devices fitted […]

What will the UK election mean for online privacy?

Online privacy and the implications for data security are under intense discussion, particularly following the UK’s third terrorist attack in recent months, which led Prime Minister Theresa May to reiterate her call for more regulation of online spaces. In advance of Thursday’s general election, Vladlena Benson, Associate Professor, Department of Accounting, Finance and Informatics, Kingston University, looks at what […]

The position of children and their rights under the GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation, due to become law across the EU in May 2018, proposes introducing 16 as the minimum age at which a person can join an online service without the consent of their parents. In a post based on his open letter to the European Data Protection Supervisor and the Chair of the Article 29 Working […]

Smart city leaders must act to deliver better digital lives

Digital services are reshaping city life. To ensure that digitalisation is a positive force in the city, the role of the city administration needs to be rethought. Following the second meeting in LSE’s Digital Life series in March, Visiting Fellows Jonny Shipp and Dr Ioanna Noula discuss the challenges and opportunities for city leaders, citizens and companies in creating […]

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    Children’s rights and the GDPR – are the new consultations creating light or further confusion?

Children’s rights and the GDPR – are the new consultations creating light or further confusion?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is due to become law throughout the EU on 25 May 2018. Recent consultations from the UK’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have sought views on, among other aspects, the implications for children and their data. LSE Professor Sonia Livingstone explains some of the issues […]

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    If advertisers want to avoid ad-blockers, they’ll have to give us more power over our personal data

If advertisers want to avoid ad-blockers, they’ll have to give us more power over our personal data

Online publications, like their print counterparts, have traditionally made the bulk of their revenue from advertising. One of the factors that is currently threatening this is the public’s use of ad blocking software. Lyndsey Burton, founder of consumer information site Choose, argues that the public needs to better understand what data is gathered by ad trackers, and that they should […]

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    Where are the age restrictions on children’s use of Instagram?

Where are the age restrictions on children’s use of Instagram?

The UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley has just announced a new Internet Safety Strategy to crack down on risks to children such as cyber-bullying, sexting and online trolls. One way that tech companies claim to protect children is through setting age limits – usually 13 years old – for the use of their […]

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    Unpacking the black box of digitalization: will “sustainability thinking” empower citizens in a data-driven world?

Unpacking the black box of digitalization: will “sustainability thinking” empower citizens in a data-driven world?

Data and the algorithms that organise it are core to many services in the digitalised world. Jonny Shipp, Director of Public Affairs at Telefónica SA and a Visiting Fellow at LSE and Dr Ioanna Noula, researcher at the UCL Institute of Education and a Visiting Fellow at LSE, write here about the ethics of data science and how to […]

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    Online challenges to children’s privacy, protection and participation: what can we expect from the GDPR?

Online challenges to children’s privacy, protection and participation: what can we expect from the GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation, which will apply throughout the EU (including the UK) from 25 May 2018, contains provisions intended to enhance the protection of children’s personal data. LSE Professor Sonia Livingstone has been leading an effort by experts to explore the implications of the regulation and highlight issues that policy makers should address.

In the digital age, how […]