The UK wants to become the safest place for children to grow up online. Several UK lawmakers have argued that the only way to ensure that future is to criminalize tech leaders whose platforms willfully fail to protect children. Today, the British House of Commons reached an agreement to satisfy these lawmakers, Reuters reports, With Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s government agreeing to amend the Internet Safety Act to ensure its passage. It now appears that tech company executives found to be “intentionally” exposing children to harmful content could soon risk hefty fines and up to two years in prison.
Agreement was reached through the remaining stages of the safety bill before a vote in the House of Commons. Then, it will go to the review by the House of Lords, where there is a file BBC reports You will “encounter a long journey.” Sunak says he will revise the bill to include new terms before it reaches the House of Lords, where lawmakers will have additional opportunities to review the wording.
Reports say that technology managers in charge of platforms hosting user-generated content will only be held liable if they fail to take “proportionate measures” to prevent exposure of children to harmful content, such as material that showcases pedophilia, child abuse, eating disorders, and psychosocial abuse. Damage and damage. Some of the measures tech companies can take to avoid jail time and fines of up to 10 percent of a company’s global revenue include adding age verification, providing parental controls, and content monitoring.
If passed, the Online Safety Act would make managers responsible for holding tech companies to their community guidelines, including content and age restrictions. If a breach of online security duties is discovered, British media organization Ofcom will be responsible for prosecuting tech leaders who fail to respond to enforcement notifications. No one found to be acting in good faith in relation to Police and Child Protection content will not be prosecuted.
Ars wasn’t immediately able to reach any major tech company for comment on the Commons deal, however Reuters reported That US-based executives have been closely monitoring updates to the Online Safety Act.
UK Culture Secretary Michelle Donnellan said in a statement that the amendment would prevent senior managers at tech companies from ignoring enforceable requirements from the Online Safety Act, giving Ofcom “extra teeth to make change happen and ensure people are held accountable if they fail to properly protect children.” .
Donnellan wrote last month Message to the parents She explains why she is advocating criminal penalties for any tech leaders who “agree or collude” to circumvent the requirements of the Online Safety Act.
“The responsibility for keeping young people safe online will fall squarely on the shoulders of technology companies,” Donnellan writes. You or your child will not have to change any settings or apply any filters to protect them from harmful content. Social media companies and their Silicon Valley executives will have to build these protections into their platforms — and if they fail to live up to their responsibilities, they will face serious legal consequences.”