COMMONS

Minister to give evidence on Immersive and addictive technology

27 June 2019

Committee to question Minister Margot James and the Information Commissioner in immersive and addictive technologies inquiry

Witnesses

Tuesday 2 July, Grimond Room, Portcullis House

At 10.30am

  • Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner
  • Steve Wood, Deputy Commissioner (Policy), Information Commissioner’s Office

At 11.30am (approx.):

  • Margot James MP, Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries

About the session

The DCMS Committee will question Digital and the Creative Industries Minister Margot James and the Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham in its inquiry into immersive and addictive technologies. MPs are expected to raise a number of issues that have emerged during the inquiry such as concerns about gambling, whether the use of loot boxes in gaming should be regulated, age verification by social media and online gaming companies, and how player data is collected.

The inquiry has been examining the development of immersive technologies such as virtual and augmented reality, and the potential impact these could have in the worlds of sport, entertainment and news. It has also considered how the addictive nature of some technologies can affect users’ engagement with gaming and social media, particularly among younger people.

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