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UK Conservative Party Manifesto sets out plans to regulate the internet

Digital Business Lawyer

June 2017
Reprinted with permission.

The UK Conservative Manifesto published in May 2017 calls for further Internet regulations, a proposal that could have significant implications for digital businesses in the UK according to partner Alistair Maughan in the Digital Business Lawyer article “UK Conservative Party Manifesto sets out plans to regulate the internet.”

“From a digital business perspective, a system of governance would involve almost no governance at all,” he said. “But that’s not what the Conservative Party Manifesto promises: the whole section of the Manifesto leads with a rebuttal of the idea that no governance is good governance, and that it’s the Government’s job to regulate.”

“The question of whether a Digital Charter would attract big digital business has as much, or more to do with what other countries do. […] That may be the real secret sauce of the Digital Charter – i.e., it’s not as heavy on regulation as what the EU does,” he continued. “Over time – and I’m talking 20 years here – there’s every prospect that Brexit will lead to a lighter touch and a more favorable business environment in the UK than in the EU. But if anyone looks at the proposals for a Digital Charter and thinks that in the short term the UK is going to be a much easier place for digital business if the Tories win on 8 June, they had better plan again.”

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