Age Verification Group Meeting

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Date(s) - 18/05/2015
10:30 - 12:30



The meeting report is now available from the Digital Policy Alliance’s Age Verification Group meeting held on Monday 18th May, 10.30 am to 12.30 pm in Westminster, hosted by the Earl of Erroll.

Eight members present at the meeting have now pledged funds towards the production of a Publicly Available Specification (PAS) standard, in collaboration with the British Standards Institution (BSI). If you are not yet a sponsor, please consider offering an amount, proportionate to your affordability, in order to play a lead role in helping to ensure that the PAS sets the standard for age verification. This can range from £1000 – £20,000. The amount proffered does not affect the ‘voting’ capacity of your organisation: each sponsor has an equal opportunity to inform the debate during the progress of the PAS, and its outcome. Success with the PAS will in effect provide a return on the investment in the form of reduced compliance costs.

A briefing from the DPA on how its industry members are planning effective online AV for child protection has been issued for parliamentary candidates, available at:

Age Verification (AV) is now a hot topic in the political arena, with the General Election campaign in full swing and a number of initiatives have been announced. Conservative Party proposals include legislation to put online pornography behind AV controls, if they are elected to power. An independent regulator would “determine, in conjunction with websites, how AV controls will work and how websites that do not put them in place will be blocked”. The new regulator will have the power to fine and order ISPs to block sites which fail to include effective AV, and ISPs could be fined if they do not co-operate. The full statement posted on the Conservatives’ Facebook page is here.

Additionally, CHIS, the alliance of online child safety charities, have recently published a ‘digital manifesto’ with 10 recommendations for the new Government.

The DPA press release conveys industry’s serious intention to introduce meaningful AV: The UKCCIS Age Verification working group gave an update at the February UKCCIS Board meeting, the minutes of which are available here (page 5).

Please email for further details.

This meeting is for DPA members and registered observers only. If you are interested in becoming a member we would welcome your attendance for two tasters, but before any further participation, you would then need to join us. More details are available at:

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