Online Harms White Paper

Context

  • UK government has released a white paper on ‘online harms’.
  • The Online Harms White Paper sets out the government’s plans for a world-leading package of online safety measures that also supports innovation and a thriving digital economy.
  • This package comprises legislative and non-legislative measures and will make companies more responsible for their users’ safety online, especially children and other vulnerable groups.
  • The White Paper proposes establishing in law a new duty of care towards users, which will be overseen by an independent regulator. Companies will be held to account for tackling a comprehensive set of online harms, ranging from illegal activity and content to behaviours which are harmful but not necessarily illegal.

Key Facts

  • This consultation aims to gather views on various aspects of the government’s plans for regulation and tackling online harms, including:
    • The online services in scope of the regulatory framework.
    • Options for appointing an independent regulatory body to implement, oversee and enforce the new regulatory framework.
    • The enforcement powers of an independent regulatory body.
    • Potential redress mechanisms for online users.
    • Measures to ensure regulation is targeted and proportionate for industry.

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