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Internet: Safety

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 11th February 2020.

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Photo of Lord Foster of Bath Lord Foster of Bath Chair, Rural Economy Committee

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the UK’s ability to introduce online harms legislation if safe harbour provisions form part of any future free trade agreement with the government of the US.

Photo of Lord Foster of Bath Lord Foster of Bath Chair, Rural Economy Committee

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have had any discussions with trade representatives from the government of the US in relation to section 230 of the Communications Decency Act 1996.

Photo of Lord Foster of Bath Lord Foster of Bath Chair, Rural Economy Committee

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with trade representatives from the government of the US in relation to intermediary liability.

Photo of The Earl of Courtown The Earl of Courtown Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords)

This Government is committed to making the UK the safest place in the world to be online and the best place to start and grow a digital business. We will carefully consider any interaction between trade policy and online harms policy in future trade agreements.

The UK Government has engaged with US Trade Representative on a range of areas including digital trade. Inevitably there is speculation as to what each side will want to achieve in a future UK-US deal, but it is too soon to say exactly what would be covered.

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