What has happened?
This week the government released an initial response to its Online Harms White Paper consultation, which set out how DCMS and the Home Office intend to change how the internet is regulated and tackle online harms.
The proposals will affect a range of businesses with a new ‘Statutory Duty of Care’, giving businesses more legal responsibility over content hosted on websites. The Duty of Care will apply to any company that “facilitates the sharing of user generated content, for example through comments, forums or video sharing”.
Business supports clear regulation that builds trust in the digital economy. Done well, the UK can show global leadership and set the international yardstick for how best to protect people from harm online, whilst supporting our flourishing digital economy.
What do we think?
The CBI has consistently vocalised on how to create the most effective regulation, including setting out five clear recommendations to improve go