Comment on the Online Harms Bill

07 June 2020

Commenting on the letter sent to Oliver Dowden MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, asking the Government to consider including the online sale of unsafe electrical products in the expected Online Harms legislation, Lesley Rudd, Chief Executive of Electrical Safety First said:

“Better protection for consumers from dangerous products sold online can only be achieved with the Government’s support. Our call to action on the Government and MPs is simple, protect the public and your constituents from deadly products that continue to be sold via online marketplaces. An unregulated system where profit can exist at the expense of consumer safety isn’t fit for purpose. The expected Online Harms Bill must create a duty of care on major online marketplaces to be held responsible for the products sold via their sites.”

The letter was co-signed by:

Carolyn Harris MP, Chair, APPG Online and Home Electrical Safety
Rt. Hon. Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP
Yvonne Fovargue MP
Gerald Jones MP
Margaret Ferrier MP
Lord Graham Tope
Jim Shannon MP
Lesley Rudd, Chief Executive, Electrical Safety First
Phil Lewis, Director General, The Anti-Counterfeiting Group
Natasha Crookes, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, British Toy and Hobby Association
Sue Davies, Head of Food and Consumer Protections, Which?
Leon Livermore, Chief Executive, Chartered Trading Standards Institute
Charlie Pugsley, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, London Fire Brigade
Neil Odin, Prevention Lead, National Fire Chiefs Council