Protect those who need more protections online
Last updated: 12:28pm 18 January 2019
Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.79
Where we believe people need more protections to keep them safe, we will act to protect them.
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:
- a draft of a voluntary social media code of practice for online media companies
- recent legislation to enhance people’s control of their personal data
- a promised white paper to “set out more definitive steps on online harms and safety”
- the creation of a UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS)
The Data Protection Act 2018 in particular contains various provisions to enhance safety online.
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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- Statistical bulletin: Internet users, UK 2018 – Office for National Statistics
- Child Safety Online – Gov.uk
- Data Protection Act 2018 – Gov.uk
- New Council for Internet Safety in the UK – Gov.uk
- UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) – Gov.uk
- Digital Economy Bill Part 3: Online Pornography – Gov.uk
- Put responsibility on industry not to direct users to sources of harm online
- New rights to ensure that people are in control of their own data
- Make clear the responsibility of platforms to enable the reporting of harmful content
- Introduce new protections for minors
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