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Make the UK the safest place in the world to be online

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We will legislate to make the UK the safest place in the world to be online – protecting children from online abuse and harms, protecting the most vulnerable from accessing harmful content, and ensuring there is no safe space for terrorists to hide online...

Conservative Party Manifesto 2019, p.20

Our verdict

  • This is a promise to “legislate” to raise online safety in the UK to a world-leading standard.
  • On May 12 2021, the government published its Draft Online Safety Bill which it says aims “to create the most progressive, fair and accountable system in the world”.
  • This is a challenging policy area for any government, requiring a balance between protecting citizens from online harms and defending fundamental human rights. There has been criticism of the draft bill from many quarters, but movement towards the promised action of legislation means this policy is ‘in progress’.

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