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House of Lords Recommends Creation of New Digital 'Super-regulator'
Source: www.telecompaper.com
Source Date: Sunday, March 10, 2019
Focus: Citizen Engagement, Institution and HR Management
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Created: Mar 11, 2019

The House of Lords Communications Committee has called for a new regulatory framework for digital services to hold big technology companies accountable to a legally-enforceable set of shared principles.

The Committee's report, 'Regulating in a digital world', concludes that digital industry regulation has failed to keep pace with the role of digital technology in our lives, with more than 12 UK regulators responsible for the digital market but no single body with complete oversight. This has resulted in major technology companies failing to adequately tackle online dangers as regulation of the sector is fragmented with gaps and overlaps. 

The report recommends the creation of a new Digital Authority to regulate the digital world based on set of 10 principles. This new Digital Authority will co-ordinate regulators, continually assess regulations and make recommendations about any additional powers needed to fill gaps. It would report to a new joint committee of both Houses of Parliament. 

The 10 principles guiding all regulation of the internet would include transparency, accountability, respect for privacy and freedom of expression. The Committee also wants a duty of care to be imposed on online services hosting and curating content which can be uploaded and accessed by the public, with Ofcom's remit expanded to enforce this duty of care. It also wants online platforms to adopt a new classification framework, similar to the one operated by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), and to make more investment in effective moderation systems. The report also recommends that users should have more control over the collection of their personal information, with maximum safety and privacy settings set as the default.
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