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Conservative Party’s manifesto’s technology policies

Posted by Babatunde Onabajo on Thursday, May 18th, 2017 at 17:12

The Conservative Party's manifesto for the 2017 General Election has now been published. The following are the policies relevant to technology and the technology sector. 

Conservative Party’s manifesto’s technology policies
  • The establishment of a regulatory framework to underpin and support the digital charter, complete with a sanctions regime, to enable the Government to fine or prosecute those companies that fail in their legal duties and to order the removal of content where it breaches UK law.
  • Greater transparency in pricing and making it easier to switch between networks.
  • Reiteration that every home and business in the UK will have access to superfast broadband by 2020 under the Universal Service Obligation.
  •  Work to provide homes and businesses with gigaspeed technology.
  • Full fibre connection vouchers for companies by 2018.
  • Major fibre spines in over 100 towns and cities by 2022 with 10 million premises connected to full fibre within ten years.
  •  Plan to have the majority of the population covered by a 5G signal by 2027.
  • Roll out of Verify
  • All public-facing services to have operational performance data to be published as a matter of course. 
  • Commitment to put a responsibility on industry not to direct users – even unintentionally – to hate speech, pornography, or other sources of harm.” This will include a continued push to encourage “internet companies” to develop the necessary “technical tools” to remove terrorist content. 
  • Responsibility on platforms to enable the reporting of inappropriate, bullying, harmful or illegal content, with take-down on a comply-or-explain basis.

  • A promise to work with industry to introduce new protections for minors, from images of pornography, violence, and other age-inappropriate content, not just on social media, but on app stores and content sites as well.
  • The introduction of a Data Use and Ethics Commission – with a renewed focus on the safe storage of and access to personal data, advising parliament and regulators on how to prevent the abuse of data.
  • New rights for people to:

           To require major social media platforms to delete information held about them at the age of 18
           To access and export personal data; and
           An expectation that personal data should be stored in a secure way

  • Reiteration of current commitment to invest £1.9 billion investment in cyber security and continued work of the National Cyber Security Centre.

  • Introduction of the right for businesses to insist on digital signatures and the right to a digital cancellation of contracts

 

You can read the entire manifesto here

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