TechScape: UK parliament pushes back on the online safety bill

TechScape: UK parliament pushes back on the online safety bill

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December 15, 2021 by Kitty Stone
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Up for discussion in this week’s newsletter: why a cross-party committee wants a total rework of legislation to rein in the online ‘wild west’ Don’t get TechScape delivered to your inbox? Sign up here The digital wild west met its sheriff this week. The joint committee on the online safety bill announced on Tuesday that

Up for discussion in this week’s newsletter: why a cross-party committee wants a total rework of legislation to rein in the online ‘wild west’

The digital wild west met its sheriff this week. The joint committee on the online safety bill announced on Tuesday that it was reining in the tech industry’s “land of the lawless” with its report on the pioneering legislation. Unveiling the document, the committee’s Conservative chair, Damian Collins MP, said: “The Committee were unanimous in their conclusion that we need to call time on the wild west online.”

The 192-page report recommends a sweeping overhaul of the bill, which is aimed at companies that provide user-generated content – ie social media networks like Facebook and Twitter and video sharing platforms like YouTube and TikTok – as well as search engines like Google. The bill imposes a duty of care on tech firms to protect users from harmful content, at the risk of a substantial fine brought by Ofcom, the communications industry regulator implementing the act.

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