DCMS quizzed over guidance for dating sites – PublicTechnology

DCMS quizzed over guidance for dating sites – PublicTechnology

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A government minister has claimed that “dating apps and website companies” are among the firms to have received advice from government tech policy experts – but no specific guidance or initiatives have been targeted at the sector.

According to minister for digital and culture, Caroline Dinenage, “over the past few weeks, the Digital Tech Policy directorate within DCMS have been holding Coordinating Communications and Support teleconferences with key stakeholders” across the technology industry to help guide and assist its coronavirus response.

The DCMS secretary of state, Oliver Dowden, has spoken frequently about the department’s work with social media platforms to try and combat the spread of disinformation and misinformation.

Dating applications and websites clearly present a different risk in the current environment. Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards tabled a written parliamentary question asking DCMS what guidance it had issued to operators in the online dating sector “to help ensure that people do not use those services to arrange to meet up in person in contravention of social distancing measures during the Covid-19 outbreak”.


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In response, Dinenage referenced a range of industry bodies that DCMS experts have engaged with, including techUK, Tech Nation, the Internet Association, and the British Computer Society.

“Dating apps and website companies are amongst their membership,” she added. The government has issued clear guidance to businesses and the general public on how to respond to the current situation and this guidance is kept up to date on GOV.UK. We would expect everyone to be aware of
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