14/12/2021

UK Government

Joint Committee publishes report on Online Safety Bill

Parliament's Joint Committee on the Online Safety Bill has published a report following discussions with 50 witnesses across 11 meetings, four roundtables, and reviewing more than 200 pieces of written evidence. In its conclusion, the committee is "certain that people's rights must be protected against an ever-growing onslaught of online harms. This can be achieved through the shaping of a Bill which is practical, implementable, and which will empower the Regulator to take decisive action against platforms which neglect their safety duties. We wholeheartedly support the ambition of the Online Safety Bill—to make the United Kingdom the safest place in the world to be online—and we trust that our recommendations will bring the final Act closer to achieving that aim.

Additional commentary can be read in The Guardian and The Register. Meanwhile, the Open Rights Group counters the joint committee's recommendations claiming that the Online Safety Bill will not tackle monopoly abuse and that it gives sweeping powers to the Secretary of State to direct and influence the work of the regulator.

Read Full Story
Child online safety

COVID-19: FLEXIBLE, LIVE ONLINE BCS & IAPP TRAINING NOW AVAILABLE - PLEASE CONTACT FOR DETAILS