Consultation launched on potential change of ownership of Channel 4

The government has launched a public consultation on the future ownership of Channel 4, as part of the government’s review of public service broadcasting. The consultation will consider both the ownership and remit of Channel 4. The current strength and variety of the UK’s TV production sector is in part thanks to the role of Channel 4 which the government wants to protect. However, the fast evolving media landscape, with increased competition and changing audience habits, is posing serious challenges to traditional ‘linear’ TV broadcasters, which means it is now…

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CAP and BCAP consultation on rules on harm and protected characteristics

CAP and BCAP are publishing a consultation on the introduction of new rules on harm and protected characteristics (as defined in the Equality Act 2010). The proposed rules are: CAP Code Marketing communications must not include anything likely to cause harm. To comply with this rule, marketers must have particular regard to the likelihood of causing harm to vulnerable people, and to the following characteristics: age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; and sexual orientation. BCAP Code Advertisements must not include…

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ICO launches consultation on draft Statutory guidance

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has launched a public consultation on its draft Statutory guidance, which details how it will regulate and enforce data protection legislation in the UK. Supporting the ICO’s primary responsibility of ensuring compliance with the law, the document explains the ICO’s powers; when it will use them and how it calculates fines. Designed to ensure the rights and freedoms of individuals are protected, the draft guidance also seeks to provide assurance to business that the ICO will use its powers proportionately and consistently. Elizabeth Denham, Information…

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CAP and BCAP consultations: public sector equality duty

CAP and BCAP are consulting on changes to their rules on offence, rolling papers and sanitary protection products. The last wholesale review of the CAP and BCAP Codes was completed in 2010, before the Equality Act 2010 came into force. CAP and BCAP therefore considered that in light of the public sector equality duty contained in the Act, to which CAP and BCAP consider they are subject, it would be appropriate to examine whether the Codes are consistent in the protections they provide to those sharing any of the protected…

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CAP consultation on marketing to children and naming prizewinners

The CAP have released a post which tells how you about: ‘CAP consultation on marketing to children and naming prizewinners’. I have enclosed the text of the link below, but please have a look at the ASA site as there are lots of things of interest to anyone with an interest in Ethical Marketing. During its consultation on the use of data for marketing, CAP identified two issues that require further consultation: the age at which consent to marketing can be given by children in the absence of consent from…

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