Legislation for Digital Safety Commissioner Needs to be Fast-Tracked

A third of global users of the internet are children and Ireland is no exception to this trend. As a result, Irish children are subject to significant amounts of marketing and profiling by information services and platforms, which also sell on their data. A multi-faceted approach is needed to protect our children from being targeted by these unscrupulous commercial enterprises. First and foremost however, we must legislate for the establishment of a Digital Safety Commissioner as recommended by the Law Reform Commission in their 2016 report.

We as legislators should be laser focused on proactive steps to ensure children’s safety by adopting a national coordinating framework with a clear mandate and sufficient authority to coordinate all activities related to children’s rights and digital media and ICTs. Launching an office of a Digital Safety Commissioner would afford this type of coordinating framework. Providing the Commissioner with legal powers to regulate the sector, provide better protection to children online and ensure that children/young people and their parents are educated is crucial.

As such, I am now calling on Minister Naughten to expedite legislation to establish an office of a Digital Safety Commissioner.

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