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Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD moves Digital Safety Commissioner Bill in Dáil

30 November, 2017 - by Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Justice & Equality Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire today moved the Digital Safety Commissioner Bill at First Stage in the Dáil today.

Speaking in the chamber, Teachta Ó Laoghaire said;

“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to move the Digital Safety Commissioner Bill here this afternoon; a Bill which I believe is a significant move towards promoting a positive and safe online culture for all.

“The Office of the Digital Safety Commissioner would be a statutory body. It would be responsible for the promotion of digital safety for all, supporting and implementing measures to improve digital safety, and advising the Government of the day in relation to policies relating to digital safety.

“Crucially, it would be responsible for ensuring digital service providers, such as websites, social media platforms, and apps, and so on, abide by minimum Codes of Practice, and National Digital Safety Standards.

“Central to this would be ‘takedown mechanisms’ to remove harmful communications.

“This is about providing timely, quick and effective remedies, so that people can be confident that the website, or platform they are engaging with, will deal with abusive material, harmful communications, or material posted without consent.

“Online safety, including online bullying which is an issue that is becoming ever more prevalent amongst adolescents; or the posting of harmful materials are some of the biggest child protection issues of this generation.

“I believe such a Bill as this would be a very significant step to improving the online experience of all, and giving people more confidence in their safety from abuse and harmful material, and look forward to discussing it at second stage.”

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