Privacy Choices, Online Harms & Latest Scams

Read the latest news on privacy changes on the App store, the new Online Harms Regulator, latest scams and more…



Consumers will have increased choices about their privacy as a result of the technology company, Apple, providing details of the specific personal data that will be collected when downloading an app from its App store and whether the data will be shared with a third-party. Read more here


The UK government’s response to the Online Harms White Paper consultation proposes a new statutory duty of care to keep users safe online, focussing on the biggest online companies where most illegal and harmful activity is taking place.  It will require companies to stop the spread of illegal content and activity online and ensure that child users are not exposed to harmful content. The new duty would be enforced by Ofcom as an independent regulator with power to issue codes of practice.   Read more here.


The government has provided images of the latest DVLA scams to help the public easily identify them.  Read more here.  Action Fraud also warned the public to be vigilant and check that charities are genuine before making donations or giving out financial information this Christmas.  Nearly £350,000 was donated to fraudulent causes this time last year. Read more here to see how to donate safely. 


Report Suspicious Activity

The Ministry of Defence Police reminds us to remain vigilant to fight terrorist activity, when out and about during the holidays. The current threat level is Severe and it is important to all work together.  Read more here

Review of Gambling Laws

The Culture Secretary launched a review of the gambling laws to ensure children in the digital age are safe from gambling related harm. The minimum age to play the National Lottery will be raised from 16 to 18 years old in October 2021. Read more here

Group-Based CSE

The Home office has published a paper entitled Group-Based Child Sexual Exploitation which explores the characteristics of offending, prompted by the incidents in towns like Rochdale and Rotherham.  Read more here

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