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Regulation of Harmful Online Content and the Implementation of the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive

On Monday 4th March 2019, Minister Bruton made a key note speech at St. Brigid's GNS, Glasnevin, in which he said that he would introduce a new law to regulate harmful online content.

The Minister stated that "Digital technology is transforming the world in which we work and live and learn. This provides huge opportunities for us all. It has been central to our economic and social development as a country for three decades. However, the digital world also presents new risks which did not exist previously."

"The situation at present where online and social media companies are not subject to any oversight or regulation by the state for the content which is shared on their platforms is no longer sustainable. I believe that the era of self regulation in this area is over and a new Online Safety Act is necessary."

"I will bring forward an Online Safety Act which sets out how we can ensure children are safe online. This will involve,  for the first time, setting a clear expectation for service providers to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of the users of their service. A Regulator, an Online Safety Commissioner, would oversee the new system."

This public consultation aimed to seek the views of citizens and stakeholders as to an achievable, proportionate and effective approach to regulating harmful content, particularly online.  
 

This consultation closed on 15 April 2019. A total of 84 submissions were received as part of this consultation.

A full list of respondents is also available and individual submissions are published below.

 

Consultation Documents

 

 

Thematic Analysis - Public Consultation on the Regulation of Harmful Online Content and the Implementation of the Audiovisual Media Services Directivehttps://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/communications/consultations/Documents/86/consultations/Thematic Analysis - Public Consultation.pdfThematic Analysis - Public Consultation on the Regulation of Harmful Online Content and the Implementation of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive24/07/2019 23:00:00pdf442072
Consultation Explanatory Notehttps://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/communications/consultations/Documents/86/consultations/Consultation Explanatory Note.pdfConsultation Explanatory Note01/03/2019 00:00:00pdf431867
Consultation Questionshttps://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/communications/consultations/Documents/86/consultations/Consultation Questions.pdfConsultation Questions01/03/2019 00:00:00pdf132659
DIRECTIVE (EU) 20181808 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCILhttps://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/communications/consultations/Documents/86/consultations/DIRECTIVE (EU) 20181808 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL.pdfDIRECTIVE (EU) 20181808 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL01/03/2019 00:00:00pdf545008

Consultation Submissions

 

 

ASAIhttps://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/communications/consultations/Documents/86/submissions/ASAI.pdfASAI26/06/2019 23:00:00pdf173377
Aconite Internet Solutionshttps://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/communications/consultations/Documents/86/submissions/Aconite_Internet_Solutions.pdfAconite Internet Solutions26/06/2019 23:00:00pdf203244
Adam Kellyhttps://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/communications/consultations/Documents/86/submissions/Adam_Kelly.pdfAdam Kelly26/06/2019 23:00:00pdf172648
Aidan O'Neillhttps://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/communications/consultations/Documents/86/submissions/Aidan_O'Neill.pdfAidan O'Neill26/06/2019 23:00:00pdf174728
Alcohol Action Irelandhttps://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/communications/consultations/Documents/86/submissions/Alcohol_Action_Ireland.pdfAlcohol Action Ireland26/06/2019 23:00:00pdf468897
Anonymous Respondenthttps://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/communications/consultations/Documents/86/submissions/Anonymous Respondent.pdfAnonymous Respondent26/06/2019 23:00:00pdf169756
Anthea_Gombarthttps://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/communications/consultations/Documents/86/submissions/Anthea_Gombart.pdfAnthea_Gombart26/06/2019 23:00:00pdf96316
Aoife Millerhttps://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/communications/consultations/Documents/86/submissions/Aoife_Miller.pdfAoife Miller26/06/2019 23:00:00pdf169267
Apple Distribution Internationalhttps://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/communications/consultations/Documents/86/submissions/Apple_Distribution_International.pdfApple Distribution International26/06/2019 23:00:00pdf112452
Arron Keeganhttps://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/communications/consultations/Documents/86/submissions/Arron_Keegan.pdfArron Keegan26/06/2019 23:00:00pdf170304