The next Prime Minister must ditch the dreadful Online Safety Bill

Implementing the Online Safety Bill as currently drafted would have “serious consequences”, says Matthew Feeney, Head of Tech and Innovation for the Centre for Policy Studies.

Writing for CapX, Feeney argues that while the Bill is intended to limit the spread of ‘harmful’ content, the draft legislation puts at risk end-to-end encryption, the right to privacy and to free speech, and create a less competitive market. The government impact assessment for the legislation puts the cost of compliance at £2.5 billion over ten years, meaning higher barriers to entry for new tech companies.

With both Conservative leadership candidates unprepared to scrap the bill, Feeney believes it would “put the privacy of law-abiding citizens at risk and make ‘Big Tech’ bigger.”

Read the full article here.

Date Added: Thursday 28th July 2022