Online Harms White Paper…


Date: May 17, 2019

01) Online Harms White Paper


The Online Harms White Paper sets out the government’s plans for a world-leading package of measures to keep UK users safe online.

This consultation closes at
11:59pm on 1 July 2019

Consultation description

The Online Harms White Paper sets out the government’s plans for a world-leading package of online safety measures that also supports innovation and a thriving digital economy. This package comprises legislative and non-legislative measures and will make companies more responsible for their users’ safety online, especially children and other vulnerable groups.

The White Paper proposes establishing in law a new duty of care towards users, which will be overseen by an independent regulator. Companies will be held to account for tackling a comprehensive set of online harms, ranging from illegal activity and content to behaviours which are harmful but not necessarily illegal.

This consultation aims to gather views on various aspects of the government’s plans for regulation and tackling online harms, including:

the online services in scope of the regulatory framework;
options for appointing an independent regulatory body to implement, oversee and enforce the new regulatory framework;
the enforcement powers of an independent regulatory body;
potential redress mechanisms for online users; and
measures to ensure regulation is targeted and proportionate for industry.

This is an open public consultation. We particularly encourage responses from organisations, companies and others with relevant views, insights or evidence.

This consultation closes at 23:59, 1 July 2019.

An easy read version of the Executive Summary will be available shortly.

Online Harms White Paper – Executive summary

Online Harms White Paper [PDF]

Online Harms White Paper

Ways to respond

Respond online

Email to:
Write to:

Online Harms Team
100 Parliament Street
SW1A 2BQ “

…The UK police state.

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2 thoughts on “Online Harms White Paper…

  1. feinmann0

    Yes, the nanny state dictating the morals of its citizens … treating them like children by limiting the information they are allowed to access, see and use.

    Outlawing increasing amounts of online content inevitably increases the power of the police and thus the state over the people.

  2. Pete

    As a British ‘subject’ (we are not technically ‘citizens’) I am particularly concerned by the puritanism and punitiveness of our present Conservative government. As is clear throughout the World, politcos are afraid of the Web and especially social media, which very effectively assists in public activism and protests. Unfortunately, most people think if one hasn’t committed a crime they have nothing to fear, but such ignorance is what governments play on. In essence, give them an inch and they’ll take a mile.

    IMO much more onus, and any reasonable punishment, should be placed on the adult caregivers who allow very young children to see depravity that I think only some adults should see.


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