Digital Economy Bill - Committee (4th Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:37 pm on 8th February 2017.

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Photo of The Earl of Erroll The Earl of Erroll Crossbench 3:37 pm, 8th February 2017

My Lords, I support the amendment. There is a huge amount of power in the hands of search engines regarding the way they influence how people think. This could be used as a form of propaganda, as we have seen with the recent rows about fake news. From the point of view of protecting Britain, there could even be some security implications because of the way they could affect how people think. So it is quite a sensible power to have, just in case.