techUK comments on Online Harms White Paper initial response

12 Feb 2020 01:43 PM

Vinous Ali, associate director of policy, comments on the Government's initial consultation response to the the Online Harms White Paper.

Following the publication of the Government's initial consultation reponse to the Government's Online Harms White Paper, Vinous Ali, associate director of techUK said:

"techUK is pleased to see continued progress being made by Government on the issue of online harms. Our members remain absolutely committed to keeping users safe online and today's announcement marks the next phase of close and constructive working between government and industry.

"The evolution in thinking demonstrates a commitment from government to building a framework that is effective and proportionate - protecting and empowering users whilst ensuring the UK remains pro-innovation and investment. Ofcom's experience makes it an appropriate voice in this debate but if it is to take on this new role, vastly expanding on its current remit, it must be given the appropriate resources and be upskilled to meet the challenge ahead.

“Whilst the direction of travel is encouraging, much more work is needed to deliver clarity on questions of scope, process, legal but harmful content and enforcement. techUK will continue to work with government, Ofcom and other stakeholders to ensure the new framework has the clarity and proportionality necessary to give confidence to users and business alike.”