26 May 2022
Bridgen calls on Government to do more to protect people against screen-sharing scams

Andrew Bridgen calls on the Government to amend the Online Safety Bill following the Financial Conduct Authority’s recent warning that there has been an 86% increase in screen-sharing scams in the past 12 months.

Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con)

Will the Minister consider amending the Online Safety Bill in the light of the Financial Conduct Authority’s recent warning that there has been an 86% increase in screen-sharing scams in just the past 12 months?

Chris Philp (Minister for Tech and the Digital Economy)

Yes. The Bill is technology-agnostic, meaning that it does not refer specifically to technology because, obviously, technologies evolve all the time. My hon. Friend touches on fraud; the Bill was amended before its introduction to include in the scope of its duties advertisements that promote fraud, but I am happy to meet him to discuss further the particular issue he has raised.

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