Digital Economy Act 2017
What is the Digital Economy Act?
On June 20th the UK Government announced that the law enforcement is going to be delayed for at least six months. The aim of the Digital Economy Act (DEA 2017) is to build a better infrastructure for the UK’s digital future and to provide vital protections for minors from age-restricted online content.
How does this affect the adult industry?
This new UK law has a direct effect on online commercial pornography services (websites and apps) including all +18 visual content (paid for or free to access), adult dating platforms, +18 e-commerce, etc.
Age verification is
From 15th July 2019 all commercial pornographic services that are accessible from the UK are required to include front page age-verification controls which will prevent children from seeing content that isn’t appropriate for them.
It is each website’s responsibility to provide a front page age verification solution to verify UK users age before they can access the content within the website and also block access to the website’s content if the user is under 18 years of age. Failure to comply in verifying users ages will lead to strong measures as ISP blocking within the UK.