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Retail, Food, and Hospitality Regulatory Update W/E 9th February

10 February 2020
Retail, Food, and Hospitality Regulatory Update W/E 9th February. Call for overhaul of regulation of online platforms.

Important Updates

Call for overhaul of regulation of online platforms: The Government Centre for Data ethics has published a report calling for: 

  • New systemic regulation of the online targeting systems that promote and recommend content like posts, videos and adverts;
  • Powers to require platforms to allow independent researchers secure access to their data to build an evidence base on issues of public concern - from the potential links between social media use and declining mental health, to its role in incentivising the spread of misinformation;
  • Platforms to host publicly accessible online archives for ‘high-risk’ adverts, including politics, ‘opportunities’ (e.g. jobs, housing, credit) and age-restricted products; and
  • Steps to encourage long-term wholesale reform of online targeting to give individuals greater control over how their online experiences are personalised.

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Prime Minister stresses importance of tackling climate change: The Prime Minister has delivered a speech setting out UK support for global action to address climate change at launch of UN Climate Summit COP26 in the UK. View > View > The Chair of the Environment Agency Emma Howard Boyd has delivered a speech on future UK environmental standards. View >

Advertising ruled to have ‘objectified’ women: The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint about advertising for Pretty Little Thing which showed women in seductive poses, wearing various lingerie style clothing and holding neon bars. View >


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