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Protect those who need more protections online

Last updated: 12:28pm 18 January 2019

Where we believe people need more protections to keep them safe, we will act to protect them.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.79

Our verdict

Recent figures show 90% of UK adults are internet users in 2018, with that figure rising to almost complete saturation, 99%, among 16 to 34-year-olds.  With online activity now part of everyday life, transferring existing protections for citizens into the digital arena has become an ongoing challenge.

This policy is a promise to take action to protect individuals from harm when they are online.

This is addressed in several related policy verdicts (see below). In those verdicts, we point to:

The Data Protection Act 2018 in particular contains various provisions to enhance safety online.

The government is also planning to introduce age verification requirements for online pornography websites at some point in 2019.

The combined effect of these initiatives is evidence of government action to protect people online. This pledge is broad, promising only to “act” without specifying particular actions, so we’re calling this one ‘done’. Follow this policy to keep up to date with any changes.

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