Online safety: Ofcom's roadmap to regulation

06 July 2022

Ofcom has set out our plans for putting online safety laws into practice, and what we expect from tech firms, as the countdown to a safer life online continues.

The UK is preparing to become among the first countries in the world to introduce comprehensive new laws aimed at making online users safer. The Online Safety Bill will introduce rules for sites and apps such as social media, search engines and messaging platforms – as well as other services that people use to share content online.

These companies will have new duties to protect UK users by assessing and responding to risks of harm, as well as taking steps to address them. Ofcom will give guidance and set out codes of practice on how in-scope companies can comply with their duties.

Ofcom expects the Online Safety Bill to pass by early 2023, with our powers coming into force two months later. We have set out detailed plans for how we will quickly start to establish the new regime in the first 100 days after the Bill is passed.

These plans are based on our current understanding of the Bill as it stands, and the likely timing for passage of legislation. We are ready and able to evolve our timelines and plans, should the timing or substance of the Bill change.

We have also published a call for evidence focused on the matters that, as set out by this roadmap, will be included in our first consultation in 2023.

Online safety: Ofcom's roadmap to regulation (PDF, 1.3 MB)