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White Paper on Online Harms
In April 2019, the British government published a White Paper on Online Harms, which takes a multi-stakeholder approach to further develop the regulation of online risks. A public consultation process is intended to provide the broadest possible basis for future legislation.
The White Paper promotes an overarching approach to co-regulation. Instruments are the obligation defined by the regulator to comply with the so-called duty of care and non-binding codes of practice to be formulated by the regulator.
The white paper identifies and describes online risks, defines corresponding protection targets and introduces the principle of duty of care as the basis for a new regulatory framework. The principle obliges the stakeholders involved - in particular platform providers and operators - to guarantee the protection and safety of users. To achieve this, it is planned that the regulator will take the following measures in relation to the respective risk:
- Definition of the necessary steps to address the described risk
- Identify any existing regulatory instruments and complementary measures to address the risk described
- Definition of the expectations of the stakeholders involved, in particular platform providers and operators, in a Code of Practice in order to guarantee the protection and security of users.
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