The Online Safety Bill becomes law—will it really make the internet a … – TechRadar

The debate surrounding the Online Safety Bill has been hitting the news for a while. After six years in the making, as of September 19, 2023, the UK Parliament gave the final green light to the proposed legislation after some last minute amendments.

The over 300-page-long bill promises to make “the UK the safest place to be online,” yet it has managed to gather criticism from all fronts—from VPN services and messaging platform providers, to politicians, civil societies, industry experts and academics. Commentators are especially worried that some provisions may end up enlarging the government’s surveillance and censorship reach, curbing people’s privacy and undermining safety online instead.


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