Policy paper

Digital Charter

A response to the opportunities and challenges arising from new technologies.


Digital Charter


We want to make the internet work for everyone – for citizens, businesses and society as a whole. We are determined that the UK should lead the world in innovation-friendly regulation that encourages the tech sector and provides stability for businesses. Through this work we will protect citizens, increase public trust in new technologies, and create the best possible basis on which the digital economy and society can thrive.

The Digital Charter is a rolling programme of work to agree norms and rules for the online world and put them into practice. In some cases this will be through shifting expectations of behaviour; in some we will need to agree new standards; and in others we may need to update our laws and regulations. Our starting point will be that we will have the same rights and expect the same behaviour online as we do offline.

Published 25 January 2018
Last updated 8 April 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated draft of the Digital Charter published with details of work programme.

  2. First published.