Law Commission consultation on reform of the communications offences

Closed 18 Dec 2020

Opened 24 Sep 2020


This is a public consultation by the Law Commission for England and Wales.


Reform of the law is needed to protect victims from harmful online behaviour including abusive messages, cyber-flashing, pile-on harassment, and the malicious sharing of information known to be false. The Law Commission is consulting on proposals to improve the protection afforded to victims by the criminal law, while at the same time provide better safeguards for freedom of expression.


For more information about this project, click here.


We recommend that consultees read the consultation paper (click here) before responding to the consultation. A shorter summary (click here) is also available. Consultees do not need to answer all the questions if they are only interested in some aspects of the consultation.


About the Law Commission: The Law Commission is a statutory body, created by the Law Commissions Act 1965 (“the 1965 Act”) for the purpose of promoting the reform of the law. It is an advisory Non Departmental Public Body sponsored by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). The Law Commission is independent of Government. For more information about the Law Commission please click here.

Responses to this consultation: We may publish or disclose information you provide us in response to this consultation, including personal information. For more information on how we consult and how we may use responses to the consultation, please see pages iii and iv of the consultation paper. We ask consultees, when providing their responses, if they could avoid including personal identifying information in the text of their response.
For information about how we handle your personal data, please see our privacy notice.


  • Citizens
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Charities
  • Government departments
  • Legal professionals
  • Judiciary
  • Police and law enforcement professionals
  • Media
  • Business & industry


  • Mental health
  • Criminal justice
  • Freedom of speech
  • Media
  • Modern media
  • Social media and social networking