The Online Harms White Paper (OHWP) and Safety by Design (SbD) – Will they conflict?

The Online Harms White Paper will be the biggest step forwards for online Safety this decade

2019 is turning out to offer green shoots of hope in the world of online safety. We fully expect to see the much anticipated Online Harms White Paper from the Dynamic Duo (the Home Office and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)) as well as the much needed Safety by Design framework from the Australian eSafety Commissioner.

You may think that these are not connected, and indeed they may not be, but parliamentary comment suggests otherwise…

Lord Ashton of Hythe suggests that the OHWP may either contain SbD principles or reference some (we don’t know whether this was a reference to the Australian eSafety Commissioner work).

We hope that we’ll see some coherent advice for online safety to help companies reduce online harms, but the truth is that nobody knows what the OHWP actually contains.

Whatever the outcome, we’ll read it and try to help you with a clear steer about how to make your platform safe.

Happy 2019