UK Parliament Passes Online Safety Bill

September 25, 2023

On Tuesday 19 September, the House of Lords approved the Online Safety Bill (the OSB).  This marks the end of the OSB’s passage through the legislative process, and after six years of heated debate, it is now set to become law.

The OSB applies to all platforms available to UK users, and imposes exacting legal obligations on online services, particularly to prevent content that is harmful to children or illegal being made available on their platforms.  Platforms will also be required to prevent use by underage children (typically under 13) and to employ technology to enforce these age limits, as well as providing adults with more control over the content they see.

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