What will be affected by the DEA?
The Digital Economy Act (DEA) 2017 received Royal Assent on 27th April 2017 with the aim of addressing several vital issues relating to electronic communications services. The DEA is set to be enforced by the end of this year, once the final reviews of the Act are approved by the UK government.
One of the key areas of the digital economy that will be greatly impacted by the enforcement of the DEA are websites that display content deemed to be pornographic or designed to sexually stimulate in nature.
All online commercial pornography services accessible from the UK will be required to immediately carry age-verification tools to prevent children from accessing inappropriate content.
This inappropriate content includes images, video, text, softcore and hardcore pornography. It applies to all commercial pornography websites globally – not just those hosted in the UK – and they must ensure all visitors from within the UK are suitably age-verified before accessing the content.
It’s important to note that all types of pornographic content are within the scope of the DEA 2017. The legislation does not exclude audio from its definition of pornography. All providers of commercial online pornography to persons in the UK are required to comply with the age-verification requirement or face being in breach of the legislation.
The issue of age-verification is something we believe in passionately at AVSecure. We believe it is imperative that industries where identity provision is required take the necessary steps to do so. Furthermore, we also feel strongly about the importance of protecting consumers’ privacy and sensitive data.
That’s why we work closely with both online service providers and consumers to develop industry leading anonymisation techniques that keep risks to consumer privacy to an absolute minimum. Our exclusive partnership with the Age Verification Card allows face-to-face over-the-counter age verification in up to 60,000 UK retail stores.
Other key areas affected by the enforcement of the DEA 2017 include:
- A comprehensive overhaul of the UK’s telecoms infrastructure regulation
- Minimum broadband speed requirements to be set at 10Mbits per second (an amendment to the existing Communications Act 2003)
- Tougher sentencing for copyright offenders online
- Improved sharing of citizens’ data