CEASE VS INFORMATION COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE

Porn websites have avoided scrutiny for far too long. 1.4 m children access porn online each month, some as young as seven years old and many parents and guardians have no idea of the scale of this problem.”

Vanessa Morse, CEASE CEO

We are threatening to take legal action against the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for failing to protect children’s data from misuse by porn sites. This exposes children to more hardcore and harmful content. Help us call on the Information Commissioner to protect children from being targeted by the porn industry by donating to our campaign now. 

Vanessa Morse, CEO

We must ensure that porn sites aren’t targeting children’s data because 30 years of research has shown that porn has a profound impact on children’s social, emotional and cognitive development. Pornography breeds harmful attitudes towards women and girls, particularly among boys. It also increases sexual harassment against girls, objectification of women and regressive gender role attitudes. 

Pornography harms children’s mental health and wellbeing as it increases the chances of high level distraction and risk of loneliness, depression and anxiety. Pornography also increases the level of social maladjustment amongst children. 

The excuses the ICO has given for its failure to fulfil its regulatory duties are legally and factually flawed. What’s more, it has left children exposed to a profit-hungry industry which is intent on drawing children back again and again to watch violent and abusive pornographic material for its own financial gain.

I was shocked and dismayed by the Information Commissioner’s reply to me in which they refused to act against porn sites which were collecting and processing children’s data on a large scale. If the data protection laws weren’t designed to protect children … I am sure a lot of parents will wonder just what they were designed to do.

John Carr, Secretary of the UK’s Children’s Charities’ Coalition on Internet Safety

As a small charity taking on this public body, we need your help to raise funds to acquire legal advice and prepare materials for our campaign. 

Donate to our crowdfunder now to help #ProtectKidsfromPorn