UK Safer Internet Centre – Online Safety Bill statement

20 Sep 2023 UK SIC

The UK Safer Internet Centre is delighted to express its support for the Online Safety bill, a crucial step towards enhancing online safety and safeguarding the well-being of individuals in the digital age. We eagerly anticipate collaborating with OFCOM to drive forward the next stages of this important Bill.

“We wholeheartedly welcome the Bill and are eager to join forces with OFCOM to advance its implementation,” said UK SIC spokesperson. “This legislation represents a significant milestone in our ongoing efforts to create a safer online environment for all. We are steadfast in our commitment to playing an active role in making the digital world a safer place.”

We extend our sincere gratitude to the numerous Peers and Members of Parliament (MPs) who have stood with us in advocating for key changes that will enhance the protection of both children and adults online. Their unwavering dedication to driving these essential amendments has been instrumental in shaping the Bill. In particular, we wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to Baroness Newlove, Baroness Kidron, and the dedicated team at 5 Rights for their invaluable collaboration on the independent appeals process—a fundamental aspect of the Bill that will contribute significantly to a safer online environment.

We eagerly anticipate our partnership with OFCOM in the upcoming review of independent Appeals. This joint effort is critical in ensuring that the regulations governing Independent Appeals and the rights of individuals who suffer harm offer the highest level of protection to consumers, particularly children.

At UK SIC, we remain steadfast in our commitment to sharing best practices related to online safety issues. We look forward to collaborating with stakeholders and parliamentarians to implement the most effective strategies for safeguarding our digital communities.

As we embark on this journey with the Online Safety bill, UK SIC reaffirms its unwavering mission to create a safer online world for all. We eagerly anticipate a productive partnership with OFCOM and other stakeholders in our collective pursuit of this shared goal.

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