The UK Government published its long-awaited draft Online Safety Bill in May 2021. The Bill creates a new legal framework for identifying and removing illegal and harmful content from the internet. The aim is to prevent harm to individuals in the UK. Those covered will face fines and other sanctions for non-compliance.
A pre-legislative scrutiny joint committee has since been established by the House of Lords and the House of Commons to review the Bill and has recently opened a call for evidence.
UPDATE AUGUST 2021: A revised version of the Online Safety Bill was put before Parliament in March 2022. At the time of updating, it was unclear how long it will take to complete its passage through both Houses of Parliament. However, assuming it becomes law, it is unlikely to be brought into force until 2023 at the earliest.