Protect Kids from Porn

by Rebecca Mtsambiwa in London, England, United Kingdom

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CEASE is threatening to launch legal action against the Information Commissioner's Office for failing to #ProtectKidsFromPorn

by Rebecca Mtsambiwa in London, England, United Kingdom

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Support our legal action against the Information Commissioner's Office

The Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation (CEASE) is threatening to take legal action against the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for failing to take regulatory action in relation to investigating the misuse of children’s personal data by pornography sites. Help CEASE call on the Commissioner to protect children from the harms of pornography by donating to our legal action campaign now. 

“We believe that pornography websites use personal data to target advertising and other harmful pornographic content to their users - regardless of whether they are an adult or a child - to make money. Not only is this unlawful, it’s exploitative. The ICO must investigate this data misuse urgently” - Vanessa Morse, CEASE CEO

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Why children should be protected from porn

30 years of research has shown that porn has a profound impact on children’s social, emotional and cognitive development. Ensuring that pornography sites are not misusing children’s data is paramount.

  • Porn consumers are more likely to express attitudes in support of gender based violence and to victimise women.
  • Porn use causes diverse physical and mental health problems, to which children are especially vulnerable.
  • Porn use increases the chances of high level distraction and risk of loneliness, depression and anxiety. It also increases the level of social maladjustment amongst children.
  • Porn use is linked to a huge increase in peer on peer sexual abuse. 
  • Sexual violence and abuse is rampant in porn -  one in eight video titles described sexual violence in a 2021 study.
  • 4. 44% of boys between 11-16 said that watching porn gave them ideas about the kind of sex they want to try.

The excuses the ICO has given for its failure to fulfil its regulatory duties are legally and factually flawed. The pornography industry must be investigated to ensure that our children are safe. 

“… the ICO has failed to take regulatory action against these sites and address our client’s concerns about the exposure of children to harm and distress through viewing pornography, including extreme pornography” - Paul Conrathe of Sinclairs Law

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The ICO'S Failings

CEASE has sent a pre-action letter to the ICO highlighting its continued failure to fulfil its regulatory duties to enforce GDPR regulation. In particular, that the ICO has failed to investigate the targeting of children’s personal data by pornography sites. The Commissioner has expressed concern in relation to this urgent matter but has failed to take any steps towards addressing it, in spite of warnings from prominent child safety experts. 

We need your help

As a small charity taking on this public body, CEASE needs your help to raise funds to acquire legal advice and prepare materials for our campaign. We can't do this alone. Donate now to help #ProtectKidsfromPorn. 

Who are we?

CEASE is a UK-based charity spearheading the fight to end global sexual exploitation. Being one of the few charities that focuses on the connection between pornography and sexual exploitation, we have successfully campaigned for better laws, policy change and holding the global sex industry to account. CEASE collaborates with many different groups such as faith groups, feminist organisations and most importantly: survivors. Learn more about CEASE here.

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