The three regulators CMA, ICO and Ofcom have announced the formation of a non-statutory body, Digital Regulation Cooperation to ensure online services work well for consumers and businesses. The forum brings together collective knowledge and will help to coordinate action and support the development of informed and responsive regulation. Through the forum the organisations aim to achieve coherent, informed and responsive regulation of the UK digital economy. (more…)
The ONS this week published their annual Internet Access – households and individuals report.
The release highlighted a number of trends which we have witnessed over the last few years, not least that household internet access has largely plateaued;
With a high penetration of households and more people using mobile internet than ever before, understandably usage remains extremely high with 87% of adults using the internet daily in 2019. Whilst this includes the traditional demographic trend of younger people tending to use the internet more, 2019 saw the first year in which more than half of adults aged 65 years and over shopped online;
Of course this still leaves a significant minority of people and households who do not have internet access. The reasons for this are relatively well understood in terms of access to connectivity, skills and financial restrictions. However, the overriding factor for the ONS release was attitude/awareness with 61% of households who do not have internet access saying they did not need it.
This ties in with the BSG’s recent research on digital inclusion.
The BSG today published the ‘Good Practice Principles on Audiovisual Content Information – One Year on’.
Last year the BSG facilitated the creation and publication of the Audiovisual Content Information Good Practice Principles. The principles committed signatories to providing clear, consistent information about audiovisual content, in order to ensure that consumers are able to make informed choices about commercially provided content.
This paper has been published one year following the launch, to give an update on how the principles have worked in practice. This includes how the signatories are working to meet the principles, and also includes information from three new signatories to the principles: BSkyB, MySpace and Tiscali.
The Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG), the UK broadband advisory body, has faciliated the development of good practice principles on audiovisual content information, agreed to by leading players in the industry.
Research by Ofcom has demonstrated that consumers, particularly parents, want clear information about the content they and their children can access, whether it is online, on a mobile phone or on television.
These principles set out the underlying approach that content providers are taking so that consumers get the information they need, and in a way that makes sense to them across different platforms.
Building on existing good practice, the principles promote common sense, simplicity and transparency to ensure that consumers are empowered to make safe and informed choices about commercially produced content.
They relate to content that may be unsuitable for children and young people or which some members of the public may find offensive.
While the format of the information provided may vary from platform to platform, content providers are committed to ensuring that it:
- is easy to use and understand
- enables the user to make informed choices
- uses plain and consistent language
- is practical for the medium in which it is made available
- Channel 4
- Mobile Broadband Group (represents Orange, 02, 3, T-Mobile, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile)
- Teacher’s TV
- Virgin Media
- ATVOD (Association for Television On Demand)
- BBFC (British Board of Film Classification)
- FOSI (Family Online Safety Institute)