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Weekly Briefing: 27 March - 3 April 2019

Met police "overwhelmed" by number of child exploitation cases

The Metropolitan police are “overwhelmed” by the current number of child sexual exploitation cases which has surged recently due to increased sharing on social media, according to The Guardian. The policing watchdog HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services has warned that the problem is not just limited to London but that it is a nationwide issue.

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DCMS delays new porn block

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has delayed the so-called ‘porn block’ it had promised to have in place by Easter, according to Sky News. Under the new plans, which were passed in parliament last year, users would have to verify their age using a credit card or passport to gain access to websites hosting pornographic material.

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Facebook says it will stop asking users for their email passwords

Facebook, who has recently been asking some new users for their email passwords to log in, has decided to get rid of the new feature after cybersecurity expert found it to be "risky", according to the Business Insider. When new users register using certain email providers, such as Yandex and GMX, they are asked to confirm their email address by putting their password directly into Facebook.

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Is 'sharenting' breaching children's privacy or putting them at risk?

‘If [your parents] share photos of you online without your permission - and have no understanding of privacy settings - have they crossed the line?’ Have a read of this article from the BBC where they look into the rise of sharenting and the privacy questions that arise with non-consensual sharing.

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Zuckerberg says social media regulation is needed

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said that he believes stricter regulation of social media platforms and the web is needed, according to The Guardian. He added that governments and regulators should “have a more active role” specifying four areas in particular in which he believed regulation was especially needed: harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability.

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