Dame Melanie Dawes, the CEO of Ofcom, has written an op-ed in the Financial Times advocating that implementing the new Online Safety Act 2023 (OSA) should not create conflicts with the EU Digital Services Act (DSA). Dawes argues that the combined regulations allow the UK and Europe to lead the world in tech regulation.
The OSA aims to protect online users in the UK from illegal harm, with a focus on deterring online fraud, tackling terrorist content, and automatic detection and removal of child sexual abuse material. Ofcom is now publishing draft codes for these measures. The EU Digital Services Act covers similar areas but also includes consumer protection and illegal goods. Ofcom wants to ensure that the requirements placed on businesses by both regimes are as compatible as possible.
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