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A

BILL

TO

Make provision about the promotion of online safety; to require internet
service providers and mobile phone operators to provide a service that
excludes pornographic images; and to require electronic device manufacturers
to provide a means of filtering content.

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Duty to provide a service that excludes pornographic images

(1) Internet service providers must provide to subscribers an internet access
service which excludes pornographic images unless all the conditions of
subsection (3) have been fulfilled.

(2) 5Where mobile telephone network operators provide a telephone service to
subscribers which includes an internet access service, they must ensure this
service excludes pornographic images unless all the conditions of subsection
(3) have been fulfilled.

(3) The conditions are—

(a) 10the subscriber opts-in to subscribe to a service that includes
pornographic images;

(b) the subscriber is aged 18 or over; and

(c) the provider of the service has an age verification policy which has been
used to confirm that the subscriber is aged 18 or over.

(4) 15In subsection (3)

2 Duty to provide a means of filtering online content

Manufacturers of electronic devices must provide customers with a means of
20filtering content from an internet access service at the time the device is
purchased.

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3 Duty to provide information about online safety

Internet service providers and mobile telephone network operators must
provide prominent, easily accessible and clear information about online safety
to customers at the time the internet service is purchased and shall make such
5information available for the duration of the service.

4 Reports

OFCOM must prepare a report for the Secretary of State about the operation of
this Act—

(a) every three years from the date of Royal Assent; and

(b) 10at the direction of the Secretary of State.

5 Interpretation

In this Act—

6 Short title, commencement and extent

(1) This Act may be cited as the Online Safety Act 2012.

(2) This Act shall come into force six months after it has received Royal Assent.

(3) 35This Act extends to England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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