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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 is now closed, for further information, please email onlinesafetyconsultation@dccae.gov.ie 

Responses to this consultation were subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 and Access to Information on the Environment Regulations 2007-2014. By responding to the consultation, respondents consented to their name being published online with the submission. The Department will redact personal addresses and personal email addresses prior to publication. We would draw attention to the Department's privacy statement:  

The Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment requires customers to provide certain personal data in order to provide services and carry out the functions of the Department. Your personal data may be exchanged with other Government Departments and Agencies in certain circumstances, where lawful. Full details can be found in the Data Privacy Notice, which is available here or in hard copy upon request.

Consultation Documents

 

 

Ceisteanna Chomhairliúcháinhttps://www.dccae.gov.ie/ga-ie/communications/consultations/Documents/86/consultations/Ceisteanna Chomhairliúcháin.pdfCeisteanna Chomhairliúcháinpdf132887
Nóta Míniúcháinhttps://www.dccae.gov.ie/ga-ie/communications/consultations/Documents/86/consultations/Nóta Míniúcháin.pdfNóta Míniúcháinpdf439743
TREOIR (AE) 20181808 Ó PHARLAIMINT NA hEORPA AGUS ÓN gCOMHAIRLEhttps://www.dccae.gov.ie/ga-ie/communications/consultations/Documents/86/consultations/TREOIR (AE) 20181808 Ó PHARLAIMINT NA hEORPA AGUS ÓN gCOMHAIRLE.pdfTREOIR (AE) 20181808 Ó PHARLAIMINT NA hEORPA AGUS ÓN gCOMHAIRLEpdf672795

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