Guidance

Digital Economy Bill Part 6: Ofcom and Other Regulation

Part 6 of the Digital Economy Bill concerns regulation of the digital economy

Documents

Better Regulation Factsheet

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Nuisance Calls Factsheet

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Information Powers Impact Assessment

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Ofcom appeals impact assessment

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Direct Marketing Impact Assessment

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Satellite Filings Impact Assessment

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ICO Guidance on Direct Marketing

A BBC for the future: a broadcaster of distinction

Detail

Part 6 of the bill will:

  • introduce a new statutory code of practice on direct marketing, enabling the Information Commissioner to take more effective action against nuisance calls. This code will mean that the Information Commissioner’s fines will be easier to enforce if marketeers have not sought the consent of consumers
  • allow Ofcom to retain money raised through spectrum management to pay for its non-fee paying activities such as tackling silent calls
  • put in place a robust process for appeals against Ofcom decisions
  • create a new power for the Northern Ireland Executive to appoint a member to the Ofcom board to give parity with Scotland and Wales
  • extend Ofcom’s powers to regulate the activities of the BBC to enable it to fulfill the role to be set out in the new Royal Charter