The All Party Parliamentary Communications Group (apComms) has voiced the need for a simple privacy legislation that can offer effective protection to people using the internet.
The recommendations made by apComms were based on its inquiry which looked into several aspects of online privacy including guidelines for behavioral advertising, responsibilities of ISPs and network operators to name a few.
It is important to note that of late there has been increasing concerns about online piracy with experts pointing out that behaviour based advertising can prevent customers from making informed decisions.
To address such privacy related concerns, the inquiry report titled “Can we keep our hands off the net?” has made 11 specific recommendations which ranged from bringing out a green paper on privacy rights, which will form the basis for the proposed privacy bill, to including eSafety in the core school curriculum.
Some of its other recommendations included the need for network service providers and retailers to work together for addressing privacy goals and also mandated that Ofcom, the telecom regulator, should insist on all mobile phones to have child protection filters.
While mentioning that ISPs have a responsibility in blocking content related to child sexual abuse, it however noted that self regulation was working quite well.
It is certainly not too early for a simpler and ultimately more effective privacy law. The way people interact with the internet is constantly changing and the law has not hitherto followed the shift in expectations. Hopefully, the apComms's move will change that.