At the Family Online Safety Institute's recent forum held in Dublin the discussions revolved around safety, digital citizenship, data protection and privacy, and incorporated perspectives from representatives of the European Commission, Irish Government and Data Protection authority and the UK Government and Data Protection Commission.
On December 1, 2011 Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes launched the CEO Coalition to make the Internet a Better Place for kids. After 433 days, dozens of meetings and countless informal discussions industry finally reported back on February 5, 2013 on their individual and collective commitments.
On December 19th the Federal Trade Commission released its much awaited revisions to the Rule that supplements the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. The new text has divided opinion among industry, privacy advocates and app developers and the impact of the changes will be felt not just in the United States but around the world.
Today the Internet touches the daily lives of over 2 billion people and this number is increasing every day, consequently issues around privacy & safety are growing ever more important. Governments around the world are attempting a variety of measures to protect their citizens, while offering them access to an unrivaled resource where they can learn, share ideas and connect with others.
This summer, government, industry, academics and non-profits are working together in the United Kingdom to protect children from harmful content they may access online.
On May 15, 2012 the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) hosted a forum within the European Parliament in Brussels, designed to bring together the European Commission, Parliament, key industry players and civil society for informal discussions. Against the backdrop of an activist European Union, the panels covered key topics in Internet safety, privacy and the need for a complementary international approach.
On January 25th, 2012, the European Union introduced its much anticipated reforms to the 1995 Data Protection Directive. The proposals offered by Commissioner Viviane Reding, Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, are some of the most sweeping changes to data protection and online privacy ever made. In addition to working to create a digital single market, as proposed in the 2010 Digital Agenda for Europe, the rules create new consent mechanisms for both adults and children, increased individual control over personal data and a right to be forgotten for all.