How much is your child’s identity worth?

Well quite a lot according to some sources. I found a Child Identity Theft Education Kit that you may find useful. I am looking around for more on this subject. I have not heard that there is so much of a problem here in the Nordics, but in the United States there seems to be quite significant, and is growing because a child’s identity is a ‘clean-slate’ and perfect target for identity fraud.

DLP and Children’s privacy

And what DLP solution would prevent this?

RFID keyrings issued to Swedish children

Just listening to Swedish news on TV and seems that all Swedish children in Nynashamn kommun are being issued with RFID key-rings that cause the bus stop where they are waiting to flash in a special way so that motorists know that children are there and can slow down.

Self portrait child pornography

Remember child pornography is more than paedophiles taken images of the victim child, today it is also about the child themselves having taken explicit pictures/videos of themselves, prompted by a paedophile, that can later be used to blackmail the child to be involved in some sexual act! Read more at BBC News.

A taster for you non-gamers

I could become a South Park fan. Here is another episode “Make love, not Warcraft” that gives you ‘non-gamers’ a taste of the appeal of World of Warcraft. Worth a look even if you don’t like South Park, as was the case with myself.

I think it is surprisingly enough a good tool to help those of us ‘non-gamers’ to understand what drives gamers, which could be your kids, to spend so much time in these virtual worlds. This taster is enough to give you a feel for the addictive nature of online gaming.

New laws on viewing of child pornography in Sweden

Just to continue the thread on child pornography in Sweden. I came across this article that states that they are also looking to make viewing child pornography a crime soon. Reference of article dated November 2009, so we can expect this to happen in 2010. Sweden’s neighbours Denmark and Norway already have such legislation in place. This new law would make viewing child pornography on the Internet a crime, the offender does not even need to download the images.

Possession of child pornography still legal in Japan :-(

Sweden was quite slow in making the possession of child pornography illegal, I think it was not until 1971, hence I was amazed to find out today that in Japan it is still NOT illegal. To go further the government is actually blocking efforts to make it illegal! They say that to make it illegal conflicts with the ‘freedom of expression’!

What about the children’s right for ‘freedom of expression’. The Japanese National Police Agency said it received 4,486 complaints from the public of child pornography on the internet in 2009 and a record 650 people were charged with offences related to child pornography. Campaigners believe that represents the tip of the iceberg.

I agree with the closing statement of Julian Ryall in Tokyo writing for the “The only people who will be pleased at the failure to pass this legislation are paedophiles.” Read more here.