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Online Safety Bill [HL] 2012-13


(This Bill is from a previous session)



  • Type of Bill:

    Lords Private Members' Bill


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  • Second Reading: House of Lords Second Reading: House of Lords

    09 Nov 2012

    The House of Lords debated the general principles of the Bill, which was read for a second time and passed to a committee of the whole house.


A Bill presented by Baroness Howe of Idlicote to promote online safety.  The Bill would apply to internet service providers and mobile networks and ensure that a service which would exclude accessing pornographic images is provided.

The Bill calls for mobile phone network operators to introduce an age verification policy, which would be used to confirm that the subscriber is aged 18 or above. Similarly, electronic device manufacturers would be required to provide customers with a means of filtering internet content when a device is purchased.

The Bill received its first reading during the 2010-12 Parliamentary Session on 28 March 2012, however, due to prorogation the Bill was dropped.  Baroness Howe has re-tabled the Bill for the new Session.