Tuesday, August 04, 2015

UK activist proposes various child-protection measures like "delete buttons"; India enforces COPA-like measure on adults


A UK “peer” is calling for all websites allowing users to add content have a “delete” button for those under 18.  She wants rules to make the Internet more suitable and welcoming for “young people”.
  
But most comment systems and social media already allow users to delete their own posts now.  And it’s unclear how she would identify those under 18.
  
The story by Glyn Moody on Ars Technica is here.
  
The “baroness” wants young people to have other digital rights, such as what others can do with their information. But the biggest right should be digital education – to understand that what you put up probably can’t be disappeared.

The story also mentions Google’s polite refusal to extend “the right to be forgotten” to the whole world. One country can’t impose on another one. 
  
Along the lines of memories of COPA, India has suddenly cracked down on porn sites, Washington Post story here.  But the concern isn’t so much with “harmful to minors” as “harmful to the unstable”, as it goes much further than US law would allow with censhorship.

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