In between the announcements around Brexit and Building a Stronger Economy, there were some implications for online safety, particularly that of young people that were announced in the Queens speech last week. There were two key areas highlighted in this and these were ‘The Digital Charter’ and the ‘Data Protection Bill’.
The Government proposes to work with tech companies, charities and wider to develop the Charter which will seek to balance freedoms with appropriate protections to improve safety online, particularly for children.
Data Protection Bill
It also set out plans for a new law that willensure that the United Kingdom retains its world-class regime protecting personal data.
The Bill will allow citizens to better control their data, with a specific benefit for younger users as the new law will give people the right to demand that social networks delete any personal data they had shared before turning 18.
The Bill will also implement the General Data Protection Regulation, due to come into force in May 2018, which sets out new requirements for organisations that hold personal data.
(Source Acknowledgement – https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/blog/)