Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Internet Safety Strategy Green Paper, Deputy CEO, Antony Walker, said:
“The UK tech sector shares the Government’s ambition to make Britain the safest place for people to be online. The Green Paper highlights many of the excellent insights and initiatives that have been driven by industry over the last ten years. The Strategy will succeed if it is founded on collaboration between government, businesses, charities and internet users. When it comes to online safety, we’re all in it together.
“Companies continue to develop powerful tools to keep users from harm, but education remains the key to empowering all people to stay safe. Any new initiatives, such as an industry-wide Levy, must not undermine the good work that is already being done by businesses. Companies will want to understand that any funds raised by the levy are being used effectively.
“It is important to remember that not all tech companies are the same and there isn’t a one size fits all solution. Companies need the freedom to tailor their safety measures depending on where they sit in the digital ecosystem. Getting the Strategy right will depend upon strong engagement and effective dialogue between all those with real experience and expertise. This is too important to get wrong.”