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What is the Online Safety Act 2023
  • 14 June 2024
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The Online Safety Act 2023 came into force on 31st January 2024. It covers both individual and corporate responsibilities and includes a host of “communication offences” that carry fines, imprisonment or both.

Fundamentally, the offences include communicating that can be harmful. You can read a good summary here. Sorry marketing departments - no more websites or emails with flashing images !

The intent of this law is good, although we will see if the warnings of unintended circumstances happen. However, in the meantime, you should update the following:

  • Acceptable Use Policy - to make transmission of malicious text or images explicitly forbidden and direct towards the legislation.
  • Legal and Contractual Register - to acknowledge that the organisation is governed by this law.

We also recommend reminding all employees that of the new law and the implications of breaking it!

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