- 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.