Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Ceisteanna (524)

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

524. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when he plans to appoint a digital safety commissioner; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8059/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

Shortly after my appointment as Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, I attended a meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on 25 October 2018 to discuss the Digital Safety Commissioner Bill 2017.

At that meeting, I said that I believed that the era of self-regulation in this area was over. However, I also stressed that if the Oireachtas is to pass legislation addressing the need to ensure the safety of our citizens online, especially the most vulnerable members of our society, including our children, we must ensure that this it is robust, effective, and legally and practically sound.

I have also consulted with the Attorney General in relation to a number of legal issues raised by the proposal and I am currently considering possible options in this regard.