Today the Government announced a new amendment to the Digital Economy Bill which will give the new regulator, the British Board of Film Classification, the power to block websites which do not put tough age verification measures in place. This amendment is in response to Claire’s call for the Bill to contain this power which had wide cross-party support.
Commenting, Claire said:
“Over 30 MPs from seven political parties as well as the NSPCC, CARE and other organisations campaigning for a safer internet, supported my changes to the Digital Economy Bill that sought to give the new Regulator the power to block websites showing adult content that do not put in place robust age verification measures.
We are all delighted that Ministers, having initially resisted these changes, then bought forward their own amendments to the Bill to give the Regulator these powers and we look forward to this amended Bill becoming law. I am grateful to the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, Karen Bradley for listening and responding to my concerns.”