Ofcom has appointed a former executive from Google to oversee its new role as regulator for online safety, ahead of new laws to police the internet which are due to be introduced in the UK next spring.
Gill Whitehead was a member of Google’s UK management group and also ran the Digital Regulation Co-operation Forum, which brought together bodies working on digital regulation. She will join in April.
The media regulator has been hiring technology and data experts and bringing in people from the big technology firms in order to boost its understanding of the sector as the new regime comes into force.
The Online Safety Bill will make technology companies more responsible and accountable for the content on their platforms. It also gives Ofcom the powers to fine them up to 10 per cent of worldwide revenue and to take other measures if they do not comply. About 25,000 … Read more