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An opportunity to get it right

The online safety of young people is a priority for policy influencers around the world, with 37% viewing it as a priority for new regulation. But there’s no clear consensus on who should take responsibility for protecting young people online, with sharp differences between key markets and jurisdictions.

The policy objective of keeping young people safe online is impossible to object to, but the mechanics of achieving it are not always straightforward and inevitably require trade-offs and compromises between other competing – and legitimate – policy and commercial objectives.

Baker McKenzie and Milltown Partners have jointly produced a report outlining regulatory approaches towards young people’s safety online in different markets around the world, capturing global trends and exploring regional variations. The aim of the ‘Online child safety: an opportunity to get it right’ report is to provide tech companies operating in this space with information on current stakeholder attitudes, an understanding of the direction of policy and regulation travel, and practical advice on how to navigate an often high-stakes issue successfully.

Using data captured by interviewing over 1,000 tech policy professionals and tech policy experts across Australia, Germany, India, South Korea, the UK and USA, this report analyses the:

  1. Prioritisation of young people’s online safety vs other key issues online
  2. Perceptions of young people’s usage and safety of different online platforms
  3. Perceptions of existing efforts to keep young people safe online from technology companies and governments
  4. Prioritisation of different potential dangers faced by young people online
  5. Levels of support for different specific potential measures designed to keep young people safe online
  6. Preferences around specific perceived trade-offs regarding young people’s safety online – including privacy and safety
Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

Baker McKenzie’s cybersecurity and data privacy team works with you to establish a robust framework that allows you to meet your business objectives and grow securely – in any of your target markets.




To find out more, please speak to Alex Williams.


Elizabeth Denham CBE, joined Baker McKenzie as International Consultant, Data and Tech in 2022. She has over 15 years' experience as a data protection regulator in four jurisdictions. She was most recently the Information Commissioner for the UK (2016-2021) . During her tenure in the UK she also chaired the Global Privacy Assembly, which brings together more than 130 data protection authorities around the world - the premier global forum for data protection. She is recognized as a leader in enabling responsible data use by government and the commercial sector, and for implementing the GDPR into UK law. She tackled some of the most complex issues facing the digital economy, including the use of data in political campaigns, the use of live facial recognition technologies in the commercial and police sectors, and the transparent and fair use of analytics and AI. She is passionate about the protection of children online, ethical and accountable use of health data, and supporting companies to embed data protection and security into their services and offerings. Elizabeth was honoured in the Queen's 2019 Honours list a CBE for services to protecting personal privacy of UK citizens.


Ben is a partner in Baker McKenzie's IP, Data and Technology team based in London. He is a much sought-after industry specialist, with a particular emphasis on digital media and intermediary platforms. Ranked in the major directories, clients say of Ben that he "has a tremendous amount of experience advising tech and media companies, he is a star of the industry" (Chambers UK, Media & Entertainment, 2022, Band 1); "is a star who knows copyright inside out" (Chambers UK, Intellectual Property, 2022, Band 2); "is incredibly attuned to our business goals and IP risk, and has built a strong team which provides clear, pragmatic advice incorporating legal analysis as well as industry insights" (Chambers UK, Intellectual Property, 2022, Band 2); "is a real expert and has his finger on the pulse on legal developments. He understands the business and how we approach risk. He gave very practical advice and was unflappable in a particularly adversarial matter" (Chambers Global, Intellectual Property, 2022, Band 2); and that he "focuses on complex IP advisory and litigation work, particularly in digital music distribution and artificial intelligence mandates" (Legal 500, TMT, 2022, Tier 2). A Rhodes Scholar, Ben has twice been named in The Lawyer's "Hot 100" lawyers (in 2019 and 2012), along with being named E-Commerce Lawyer of the Year (UK) in the ILO Client Choice Awards 2011 and Assistant Solicitor of the Year in the British Legal Awards in 2009. He was named a "Change-Maker" in the Financial Times; European Legal Innovation Awards 2021 and is ranked by Managing Intellectual Property 2022 as a Copyright Star and a Transactions Star. Ben is also Baker McKenzie's Chief Innovation Officer, in charge of the Firm's Reinvent innovation arm.

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