MPs call for change in online laws

Committee’s such as Media, Sport and Digital felt that the laws that are currently in place were outdated when considering the digital age we are in.

In the next 6 months new rules should be put in place to protect elections from online trolling and interfering.

Committee’s such as Media, Sport and Digital felt that the laws that are currently in place were outdated when considering the digital age we are in. MPs want to push stronger background checks for online donations, digital spending records being clear as possible and information on advertisement.

Damian Collins, chair of the DCMS Committee said: "Political campaigns are fought online, not through the letterbox, and our laws need to be brought up to date with the digital age. We've repeatedly highlighted threats to our electoral system and it's essential that public confidence is restored."

This change comes after the row that was sparked by the European elections earlier this year. Former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown was accused of receiving a large amount of money via small "undeclared, untraceable payments" online.

This resulted in the Labour’s funding system being left open to be "a high and on-going risk" of suspicious donations. Other parties such as Conservatives are also under high risk as they use PayPal to collect donations on their websites.

The government has agreed that there is a need of robust safe guards as it is impossible to know whether those smaller amounts of money come from either British or foreign sources.

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