UK All Set To Launch New Law To Boost Digital Competition And Reduce Fake Reviews

The United Kingdom’s House of Commons is gearing up to launch a new law that would help in enhancing the current state of the digital economy.

The law is all set to launch today as a means to boost up the digital sector while reducing fake reviews and limiting the number of subscription traps on offer. In the same way, the new law hopes to bring more benefits for several firms and consumers while boosting the credibility factor of the digital industry.

Under such legislation, the CMA would be the regulatory body that sets out sanctions on those breaking rules. So it’s expected that such measures would save consumers a huge sum of money, nearly 1.6 billion pounds each year. This would enable them to get out of the subscriptions that they may have never wished to attain in the first place.

But what are the penalties outlined for breaking such rules in the first place?

For starters, breaking protection laws set out for consumers means giving up 10% of yearly turnover attained globally by the firm. But to better put that into perspective, it’s nearly 300k per person.

Any breach of an undertaking provided by the CMA means facing penalties that are worth nearly 5% of the firm’s yearly global turnover. And per person, that’s around 150k. In addition to that, daily penalties for continuous non-compliant users would bring about a similar penalization.

Last but not least, those who are non-compliant with information notices and those who conceal evidence or give out fake information would have to face penalties that go up to 1% of the firm’s yearly global turnover. That’s around 30k per person and the added daily penalty would be included for continuous non-compliant behavior.

The consumer group named Which? mentioned how such laws are a crucial step toward making UK markets work in a better way for the public and companies white providing great support for a boost in the growth of the economy.

So many such consumer groups have so long campaigned against fake reviews and dishonest firms. They don’t want people to get trapped with unwanted subscriptions that are expensive. Similarly, so many consumer protections are in need of an upgrade too. Hence, with tougher laws and penalties in place, firms will think twice before engaging in such behavior.

One of the leading problems of such approaches is how language could be a little wishy-washy. It’s a huge trap for those trying to attain a subscription who don’t understand the terms mentioned and find it hard to end the subscription plan.

But with such rules in place, firms would be forced to set out clear details regarding the contract and what they want. Presumably, such clients that come across such negative practices could start to complain to the CMA about what they’ve been forced to go through. And the latter would pave the way for strict action.

Meanwhile, such new bills would also target fake reviews. So it’s going to be illegal to commission people to produce fake reviews. Similarly, it’s going to be illegal to put out advertisements of fake reviews too.

Firms that do end up hosting such reviews across websites would be required to take important steps to make sure such reviews are actually real and not fake. And last but not least, the bill would outline which small tech firms are displaying more dominance in the UK business sector against all others. So then, they would be able to target them easily.

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