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In today’s email:

  • The safety bill that’s annoying tech companies

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If you take just one thing from this email…

The proposed Online Safety Bill is designed to protect internet users online (especially children). While it seems commendable, tech companies are complaining that the requirements and powers of the Bill are problematic for two reasons.

1. The Bill could damage online privacy as tech companies may be forced to share messages on their platform, making ‘end-to-end encryption’ impossible.

2. The requirements for constant reviewing that the Bill imposes on tech companies will make compliance very expensive.


The people have spoken.

After last week’s poll to pick the best UK high street coffee, I present the results…

Costa Coffee is the high street king!

(If you’re angry about it, hit ‘reply’ and let me know why - there’s an accidental rhyme)!

- Idin


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What's going on here?

The UK government is introducing the Online Safety Bill, which is intended to increase the safety of internet users.

Some tech companies and digital rights campaigners are concerned that the legislation means they’ll have to undermine end-to-end encryption, a technology that protects users' privacy by making messages unreadable to anyone except the sender and receiver.

Signal (an encrypted-messaging app) has said it will stop providing services in the UK if it’s forced to weaken its encryption, and other companies have expressed concerns that the legislation could hurt their businesses.

What’s the Online Safety Bill?

The Online Safety Bill is a set of laws that the government in the UK is making to help people (mainly children) safe online. It will make sure that websites and apps have to remove things that could be harmful, like bullying or frightening content.

Is the Online Safety Bill in force yet?

Not yet - it’s currently going through the legislative process in the UK.

Why are some unhappy with Signal's announcement?

Child protection advocates have expressed concerns over Signal's announcement to introduce new enhanced privacy features. They believe these new features could hinder the ability of law enforcement to detect and prevent child exploitation online. They argue that while privacy is important, it should not come at the expense of the safety of children.

What’s the wider commercial impact of introducing the Bill?

The Online Safety Bill will impact big tech companies with a lot of private user data, like social media platforms and online marketplaces. The UK government estimates that 25,000 business will be affected.

It introduces new requirements for companies to monitor and remove harmful content. To meet new legal and regulatory obligations, companies will be required to rethink their business models and spend more money to put in place systems and processes to protect their users.

Failure to do so may lead to penalties, including fines of up to £18m or 10% of global turnover, whichever is higher, as well as potential criminal sanctions for senior managers.

Why should commercial law firms care about the Bill?

The strict new requirements will impact the tech clients of commercial law firms - particularly those who deal with personal user data. These clients will need guidance on how to comply with the new rules.

The stricter rules could also mean an increase in cases and disputes in relation to the newly introduced laws where lawyers specialising in contentious work would be called upon.


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