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Sites must assess content for sexual abuse and suicide risk or face fines of up to £17m.
Technology companies will be required to assess their sites for sexual abuse risks, prevent self-harm and pro-suicide content, and block children from broadcasting their location, after the publication of new rules for “age-appropriate design” in the sector.
The UK Information Commissioner’s Office, which was tasked with creating regulations to protect children online, will enforce the new rules from autumn 2021, after one-year transition period. After which companies that break the law can face sanctions comparable to those under GDPR, including fines of up to £17m or 4% of global turnover.
Companies that make services likely to be accessed by a child will have to take account of 15 principles designed to ensure their services do not cause harm by default. Those include: