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Statement On The UK Government’s Final Response To The Online Harms White Paper

London, UK – Commenting on the Government’s final response to the Online Harms White Paper, Internet Association UK Executive Director Daniel Dyball said:

“We will study this full response closely. IA member companies already take significant steps to protect their users and help make the UK one of the safest places to be online, as well as delivering many benefits for the economy and society. A regulatory approach that includes intermediary liability protections is a key part of realising those benefits. 

“Whilst there are a number of helpful proposals in the response, there are some that could lead to unintended consequences. For example, more clarity is needed on important issues like encryption, which is essential for security and privacy online, and on how to protect free speech. We will continue to work constructively with the Government as it develops the Online Safety Bill.”