Just after Christmas, The Times ran a front page story on online harms regulation: “Tech bosses face court if they fail to protect users”. Beneath the attention-grabbling headline was a restatement of the intent set out by the UK Government in its April 2019 Online Harms White Paper. Since then, Brexit upheaval, a change in Prime Minister, a General Election and a new Government had prevented any further progress. So, the topical “news” element of the story was that a White Paper response would emerge “in the next month”, along with a signal that OFCOM would be appointed as regulator for the new duty of care regime.
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