Online Safety Bill Proposed in Australia

The Government has proposed an Online Safety Bill that delegates new and strengthened powers for the eSafety Commissioner to make sure that Australians are safe online.

The Government has proposed an Online Safety Bill that delegates new and strengthened powers for the eSafety Commissioner to make sure that Australians are safe online. 

The drafted bill also requires the digital industry to ensure sure that the services that Australians used are safe.

The proposed bill will include a new adult cyber abuse scheme that will give way for the removal of seriously harmful online abuse when websites, social media or other online services don’t remove it after a complaint. 

The bill will also decrease the the time in which online services must delete cyberbullying or image-based abuse material from 48 to 24 hours after the eSafety Commissioner makes a report.

The bill also establishes a set of Basic Online Safety Expectations for the digital industry.

This would include mandatory reporting requirements that gives the eSafety Commissioner the power to require specific information about online harms and what individual services are doing about them.

The drafted bill would update Australia’s Online Content Scheme which regulates the online content in Australia. 

This requires sections of the technology industry to produce better industry codes that meet the Government’s expectations to keep the users safe. 

The eSafety Commissioner will also have the power to require online services to provide the contact details or the identifying information for individuals that are using anonymous accounts to perpetuate or promote abuse, bully or share inappropriate images without consent.


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