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Digital Economy Bill Part 3: Online Pornography

Part 3 of the Digital Economy Bill concerns protections for children online

Documents

Age Verification for Online Pornography Factsheet

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Age Verification for Online Pornography Consultation

Letters agreeing the BBFC's role within the proposed regulatory framework for Age Verification for Online Pornography

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The Online Pornography (Commercial Basis) Regulations 2017

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Age Verification for Online Pornography - Draft Impact Assessment

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Particulars of Proposed Designation of Age-Verification Regulator

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Appeals Statement In relation to the Proposal for the Designation of Age-Verification Regulator

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Guidance to the Age Verification Regulator

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Notice of Designation of Age-Verification Regulator

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Details

Part 3 of the bill will:

  • introduce a new requirement in law for commercial providers to have in place robust age verification controls for online pornographic content in the UK
  • establish a new regulatory framework underpinned by civil sanctions to monitor, notify and enforce compliance with the law
  • work with payments providers (Visa, Mastercard, Paypal and others) and ancillary services to enable them to withdraw their services from infringing websites

Update 11 October 2016 - The Department for Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) has exchanged letters with the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) agreeing the BBFC’s role within the proposed regulatory framework for Age Verification for Online Pornography and mutual intent to work together.

Published 5 July 2016
Last updated 22 February 2018 + show all updates
  1. Addition of Notice of Designation of Age-Verification Regulator under section 16(1) of the Digital Economy Act
  2. Addition of the Guidance from the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to the Age-Verification Regulator for Online Pornography, replacing the draft version published in March 2017.
  3. Addition of the Particulars of Proposed Designation of Age-Verification Regulator and the Appeals Statement in relation to the Proposal for the Designation of Age Verification Regulator
  4. The Department for Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) has exchanged letters with the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) agreeing the BBFC's role within the proposed regulatory framework for Age Verification for Online Pornography and mutual intent to work together.
  5. First published.