Home Business Government urged to use Online Safety Bill to protect consumers from scams

Government urged to use Online Safety Bill to protect consumers from scams

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The UK must use new laws to ensure online platforms have a legal responsibility to protect users from an “avalanche” of scams, a coalition of groups has warned the Government.

The 17 consumer and business groups and authorities have urged the Government to include scams in its proposed Online Safety Bill – which could be announced in next week’s Queen’s Speech – to protect consumers from their “devastating financial and emotional harm”.

In an open letter to Home Secretary Priti Patel and Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden, the coalition, which includes Which?, City of London Police, the Association of British Insurers (ABI), UK Finance and MoneySavingExpert, wrote: “Online platforms play a pivotal role in enabling criminals to reach and defraud internet users through the hosting, promotion and targeting of fake and fraudulent content on their sites, including adverts that they make significant profits from.

“Yet platforms have very little…

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