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Watch out pornographers and nuisance callers

Written by Michael Coyle on 20 April 2017

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https://hansard.parliament.uk/Lords/2017-04-05/debates/9C1B1317-0B1E-45C9-9968-3B0E46351980/DigitalEconomyBill

As the DEB reaches its third reading it will soon receive Royal Assent as we move to the Ping Pong stage. 

For a review on Ping Pong please see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parliamentary_ping-pong

The DEB's implications

Its a mixed bag 

Headlines

Creates an age-verification regulator. It will publish guidelines about how porn sites should ensure their users are aged 18 +++. Fines are also available. Check out the role of the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Board_of_Film_Classification

Compensation for customers where ISP's fail in their service requirements and speed obligations

Courts in England and Wales will have a greater range of sentencing options for Internet copyright infringement.

Provides for increased penalties for nuisance calls.

Gives Ofcom increased powers over the BBC

Ofcom will facilitate the erection and extension of mobile masts

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