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    Zao’s deepfake face-swapping app shows uploading your photos is riskier than ever

Zao’s deepfake face-swapping app shows uploading your photos is riskier than ever

Billions of images are uploaded to the internet every day, but many people aren’t fully aware of how their pictures can be used or abused by others. Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law at the University of Essex, explains the risks of uploading your photos to apps or websites, and the rather ambiguous legal situation.  

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September 10th, 2019|Data Protection, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Children’s expectations regarding fair treatment of their personal data: what policy makers should know

Children’s expectations regarding fair treatment of their personal data: what policy makers should know

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office is in the process of putting together an age-appropriate design code, which will outline the standards that providers of online services which process personal data and are likely to be accessed by children will be expected to meet. Here, LSE’s Mariya Stoilova, Professor Sonia Livingstone  and Rishita Nandagiri offer advice to policy makers, based on the findings of their Children’s […]

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    Data and privacy in the digital age: from evidence to policy

Data and privacy in the digital age: from evidence to policy

What do children know, and want to know, about where their data goes? The Children’s Data and Privacy Online project, funded by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), recently launched its final report and an online privacy toolkit at a multistakeholder seminar at LSE. LSE’s Gianfranco Polizzi and Professor Sonia Livingstone explain the project’s key research findings and recommendations.

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    Break up big tech? Make it fairer? Sure, but let’s support our right to refuse what technology companies offer us

Break up big tech? Make it fairer? Sure, but let’s support our right to refuse what technology companies offer us

With billions of people now members of social media networks such as Facebook and the all-pervasiveness of big tech throughout many aspects of our lives, conversations about digital citizenship have never been more important. LSE’s Seeta Peña Gangadharan writes that despite efforts by the Obama administration in the late 2000s to improve digital citizenship, the US information economy has now become […]

The digital age of consent, one year on

This Saturday, 25 May, will be the one year anniversary of Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force. Alex Cooney, CEO of CyberSafeIreland, a non-profit working to empower children, parents and teachers to navigate the online world in a safe and responsible manner, discusses the impact of the regulation on children in Ireland, particularly the GDPR’s requirement […]

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    Where does your data go? Developing a research methodology for children’s online privacy

Where does your data go? Developing a research methodology for children’s online privacy

With growing concerns over children’s online privacy and the commercial uses of their data, it is vital that children’s understandings of the digital environment, their digital skills and their capacity to consent are taken into account in designing services, regulation and policy. Mariya Stoilova, Rishita Nandagiri and Sonia Livingstone’s research project Children’s Data and Privacy Online set out to ask children […]

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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 […]

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    The European Parliament’s Hearing on Cambridge Analytica and Facebook #2: Rumble in the (Regulatory) Jungle

The European Parliament’s Hearing on Cambridge Analytica and Facebook #2: Rumble in the (Regulatory) Jungle

In the second of three blogs for the Media Policy Project, Brussels-based policy analyst Pascal Crowe reports from the European Parliament on the first of three scheduled hearings about the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica case. 

The European Parliament’s second of three scheduled hearings about the Facebook/ Cambridge Analytica case got off to an inauspicious start. The draft agenda had promised political heavyweights such as Margrethe […]