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Internet: Safety

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 2289, tabled on 17 May 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what considerations he is planned to be required to make when defining an entity eligible to make a super complaint under clause 106 of the draft Online Safety Bill.

Answered on

21 May 2021

The Secretary of State will set out in secondary legislation the criteria that super-complainants must meet in order to be eligible for submitting a super-complaint to Ofcom. The regulations made by the Secretary of State must specify, as one of the criteria, that the entity must be a body representing the interests of users, or members of the public, or a particular group of users or members of the public. The Secretary of State will also be required to consult on the criteria with Ofcom and anyone else they consider appropriate. Organisations will be required to submit evidence to Ofcom setting out how they meet this criteria. Any organisations that meet the criteria will be able to submit a super-complaint to Ofcom. The assessment of evidence will be fair and objective, and further details on the criteria will be set out in secondary legislation following consultation.