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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.
  • In February 2020, the government published its initial response to the Online Harms White Paper consultation, which promised to introduce legislation “as soon as parliamentary time allows” – the full response was scheduled for spring 2020 but has not appeared.
  • In June 2020, the Chair of the Lords Democracy and Digital Committee expressed his belief that the Online Harms Bill had been put on hold, but the government insists it will advance as soon as possible, so this policy remains ‘in progress’.

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