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A directory of more than 50 UK-based companies which provide technology or solutions which facilitate safer online experiences, and protect users from harmful content, contact or conduct.

The independent study, ‘Safer technology, safer users: The UK as a world leader in Safety Tech’, highlights significant growth within the Safety Tech sector, with the number of dedicated online safety firms doubling in the last five years and investment increasing more than eight-fold in 2019, making it a record year.

One of the first independent research projects to be supported by the ICO Grants Programme has published its findings and outcomes. The project by the London School of Economics, entitled ‘Children’s Online Privacy and Commercial Use of Data: Growing up in a digital age’, investigated and analysed the experiences of children navigating the online world. The final outcomes report has now been published, along with a free online privacy toolkit for children.

The UK will become the first country in the world to bring in age-verification for online pornography when the measures come into force on 15 July 2019

  • Porn sites must check age of users or risk facing sanctions

  • New approach is the first of its kind in the world, and puts in place the same protections that exist offline

  • Stricter measures in place to protect users’ data and privacy

The Guidance on Age-verification Arrangements can be accessed by clicking the UK Gov logo

Details on the UK Gov website can be accessed here.

Friendly WiFi welcomes the new Online Harms White Paper published by UK Government on 8th April targeted at setting out a programme of action to tackle online safety and work towards making the UK the safest place to be online. The Online Harms White Paper sets out the government’s plans for a world-leading package of online safety measures that also supports innovation and a thriving digital economy.

Other details can be found directly at UK GOV website here.

Children are now spending an average of just over two hours a day online, and a new study by Ofcom highlights the reasons young people are drawn to video services such as Netflix and YouTube.

In 2017, the Centre for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome hosted the World Congress on Child Dignity in the Digital World, in partnership with the WePROTECT Global Alliance and Il Telefono Azzurro. Dozens of the world’s online safety leaders joined the Congress to discuss the international fight against online child sexual exploitation

This month the UK Safer Internet Centre published the Safer Internet Day 2018 Impact Report.

The impact report looks at the reach of Safer Internet Day 2018 and the positive impact that it had on children, young people, parents, carers, and teachers. Safer Internet Day 2018 was the biggest one yet, thanks to the collective actions across the UK, with this year's campaign reaching 45% of young people and 30% of parents!

Figures released today (April 18, 2018) by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), the charity that searches for and removes online child sexual abuse imagery, show that more of this disturbing material is being found than ever before.

The data is published in this IWF Annual Report, which provides a yearly global measure of the number of online images and videos of children being sexually abused to government, the police and the internet industry. The eagerly awaited report also contains ‘trends’ in how services are being abused by offenders to host this illegal material.

The report highlights the worryingly large misconceptions the public have about cyber crime compared to the reality of the threat – then how these are acting as a barrier to behavioural action, and increasing our vulnerability.

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