• .@ukhomeoffice Investigatory Powers Act codes of practice published for a six week consultation, https://t.co/PF9otTTZRF

Regulatory Issues

ISPA's main regulatory activity is in making representations on behalf of the industry to Government bodies, such as the Home Office, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Ofcom, through responding to Government consultations and in face to face meetings.

Government and political representatives often approach ISPA for its knowledge and expertise, and access to the relevant industry stakeholders concerned with particular issues.

ISPA's regulatory activity is coordinated through four subgroups which focus on particular issues of ongoing concern to the Membership.

The subgroups are run by Secretariat and chaired by Industry representatives. Discussion takes place online, and in face-to-face meetings.

This is an important part of ISPA membership and all members are encouraged to actively participate in the subgroups.

Broadband subgroup

The ISPA Broadband subgroup is concerned with regulatory areas relating to the provision of broadband services in the UK.

Recently, the Subgroup has been used to facilitate discussion on advertised broadband speeds, including continued work towards an explanatory document detailing the factors that can affect broadband speed; Next Generation Access, including Ofcom's work on future broadband and work with BIS on the importance of high-speed broadband; and migration access, in particular migration codes and Ofcom's focus on improving the ease with which consumers can switch between ISPs.

Content Liability Subgroup

The Content Liability subgroup considers all aspects of liability for third party content.

Internet safety subgroup

ISPA has worked closely with non-governmental organisations such as the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), the Government and law enforcement agencies to help promote online safety.

ISPA has contributed significantly to the Home Office Task Force on Child Protection on the Internet, which has worked to make the Internet a safer place for children, and ISPA continues to work closely with the IWF, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre and initiatives such as Get Safe Online.

Law Enforcement subgroup

The Law Enforcement subgroup is concerned with the Internet industry's relationship with law enforcement.

Please contact admin@ispa.org.uk to sign up for those subgroups.

Recent consultation and policy submissions can be found here.  For more information, or to participate in ISPA's regulatory work, contact ISPA Admin.

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