The Government published a long awaited response to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee’s inquiry into online safety. The wide ranging inquiry saw MPs take evidence on issues such as content filtering, cyber bullying and social media, with ISPA Secretary General Nicholas Lansman giving evidence in front of the committee last year.

On the response Lansman said “ISPA welcomes the Government and Ofcom support of the Committee’s recommendation that “further content regulation of the internet could give rise to unintended consequences such as stifling the free flow of ideas and expression“, and we urge all to keep this principle front of mind when formulating policy in this area.”   He added “ISPA argued in its written and oral evidence to the Committee that industry takes its role in helping a create a safe online environment seriously through investment, awareness raising and providing free and easy to use tools and services.  ISPA is further pleased that Government recognises online safety requires a joined up approach with law enforcement, Government and wider society.”

We look forward to continue working on this vital topic with our members and other industry stakeholders.

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The views expressed in this release are those of the Internet Services Providers’ Association (ISPA) and do not necessarily reflect the corporate policies of the individual companies that are members of the Association or other organisations that may be mentioned in the release.