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    Gearing up for the next European elections: will we see regulation of online political advertising?

Gearing up for the next European elections: will we see regulation of online political advertising?

The next European Parliament elections are due to be held in late May 2019. Among fears of a populist wave and of foreign interference, the European Commission has been looking at potential options for regulation of online political advertising and disinformation. Sofia Karttunen, European Affairs Officer at the European Association of Communication Agencies, looks here at different ways to […]

Could ‘hide by default’ be a solution to online privacy concerns for children?

The Information Commissioner’s Office’s consultation on an age appropriate design code for information society services, (a requirement of the Data Protection Act 2018 which supports and supplements the implementation of the GDPR) is open for submissions until September 19. The code will provide guidance on the design standards that the Information Commissioner will expect providers of online services, which process personal data and are […]

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    Conceptualising privacy online: what do, and what should, children understand?

Conceptualising privacy online: what do, and what should, children understand?

Post-Cambridge-Analytica, and post-GDPR, children are becoming increasingly aware of how their data is being used online but there are still limits to their digital literacy. In this post, Sonia Livingstone, Mariya Stoilova and Rishita Nandagiri discuss how they are conceptualising issues of privacy and personal data in their latest ICO-funded research into children’s understanding of privacy and data use […]

Facebook: What Does Transparency Look Like?

New initiatives from Facebook to provide scholars with access to data and new tools to give users greater context when they see advertising show a shift in policy at the company. In this blog, co-founder of Who Targets Me and Visiting Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE, Louis Knight-Webb, outlines the key areas on which […]

Will online platforms be able to access your bank data?

In this digital age, a substantial number of our personal financial transactions are conducted via the internet. Facebook is one example of a major platform that is exploring ways to integrate financial services into its portfolio, but what does this mean for data security and consumer rights? In this blog post, Jamie Thunder – senior policy adviser for the […]

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    Into the Darkness: How illegal surveillance is undermining open government reforms in Latin America

Into the Darkness: How illegal surveillance is undermining open government reforms in Latin America

In Latin America, the increasing scale of illegal surveillance – enabled by governments’ purchases of surveillance and hacking software – is raising urgent questions about its impact on civil rights. In this post, Fabrizio Scrollini – LSE graduate and chair of Datysoc (a project exploring surveillance, privacy and cybersecurity in the digital age) – illustrates which points need to […]

Doxing is a toxic practice – no matter who is targeted

The events in the US city of Charlottesville where a far-right protest turned violent raise a multitude of questions – some of which touch upon media ethics and media regulation. Especially the practice of ‘doxing’ – sharing individuals’ personal information online to cause them harm – has significant ethical and regulatory ramifications. In this post David Brake, LSE graduate […]

The regulatory future of algorithms

Although they are often used to automate or streamline processes, algorithms are far from being the objective tool that many make them out to be. In this post, Jędrzej Niklas from the LSE looks at the negative effects of algorithms and how policy attempts (or will attempt) to mitigate those effects.

Automated decisions systems are becoming more and more common. […]

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    Children’s privacy rights are prominent in the Data Protection Bill but there’s many a slip…

Children’s privacy rights are prominent in the Data Protection Bill but there’s many a slip…

Last week, the UK government announced its plans for a new Data Protection Bill that would give people “more control over their personal data” and enable them to be be “better protected in the digital age.” LSE’s Sonia Livingstone looks the implications of the Bill for child rights and highlights areas that might need more work. 

Unexpectedly for many interested […]

The Great Data Protection Rebranding Exercise

During the recent announcement of a new Data Protection Bill by the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS),  the Minister for Digital – Matt Hancock – stated that the bill would “give us one of the most robust, yet dynamic, sets of data laws in the world.” In this post, Orla Lynskey, Assistant Professor of Law […]