The government has agreed to an amendment to the Online Safety Bill, giving Ofcom the power to force tech platforms to provide the personal data of children whose deaths are suspected to be related to online harm.
The amendment, accepted on the last day of its passage through parliament, was brought by Beeban Kidron, founder of the 5rights charity, and supported by the Bereaved Families for Online Safety group, which includes parents of children such as Molly Russell and Breck Bednar.
While social networks sometimes voluntarily share information with coroners investigating deaths, legal powers to compel data to be handed over are limited. This has led to different experiences for parents trying to uncover the circumstances surrounding their children's deaths.
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