Guidance

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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Online Pornography (Commercial Basis) Regulations 2018

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Age Verification Impact Assessment 2018

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Explanatory Memorandum to the Draft Online Pornography (Commercial Basis) Regulations 2018

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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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Explanatory Memorandum of the draft BBFC Guidance on Ancillary Service Providers

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Explanatory Memorandum to the Draft BBFC Guidance on Age Verification Arrangements

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Details

Part 3 of the Digital Economy Act introduces the requirement for commercial providers of online pornography to have robust age verification controls in place to prevent children and young people under 18 from accessing pornographic material.

The Act establishes a regulatory system, underpinned by civil sanctions, and establishes a power for the Secretary of State to designate the age verification regulator. The Government has designated the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) as the age verification regulator.

The BBFC as the regulator is required to produce guidance on age verification arrangements that it will treat as compliant and the approach that it will take to ancillary service providers. On 10 October 2018, the Government laid the two pieces of BBFC guidance in Parliament for its consideration and approval.

Published 5 July 2016
Last updated 12 October 2018 + show all updates
  1. Changed the details of section 3 and added 2 explanatory memoranda
  2. Change Regulations and Impact Assessment for 2018 versions
  3. Addition of Notice of Designation of Age-Verification Regulator under section 16(1) of the Digital Economy Act
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. First published.