DPA Age Verification & Internet Safety Group Meeting Chaired by Lord Erroll

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Date(s) - 19/09/2017
13:30 - 15:30

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The first meeting of the DPA Age Verification and Internet Safety Group will meet on Tuesday 19th September, from 1330-1530 in Westminster. The main purpose of the meeting will be to address the wider application of age‐gating to other sectors, with an assumption that the Digital Economy Act is likely to act as a template for the roll‐out of AV to e.g. knives, e‐cigarettes, alcohol, etc. It will be important to respond to the planned Home Office consultation on knives, while noting that there are many ways that young people can get hold of knives and corrosive liquids. Sarah Newton, minister for crime, safeguarding and vulnerability at the Home Office, has said that contact will be made with retailers that sell acids etc. to see if age verification checks for young people would be practical, and if so, how such measures might be introduced.

There is a presumption that in the context of online age‐restricted sales, it is likely that online retailers will have to increase granularity and install AV at page level. It will be important for the Group as a whole to monitor developments here and prepare its own views on the effectiveness of proposals.

The Group may also wish to address the need for effective age-verification controls across social media platforms. The Digital Charter in the Conservative Manifesto contains a pledge to ensure that digital companies, social media platforms and content providers abide by the law and protect privacy and security, with a sanctions regime that will ensure compliance, giving regulators the ability to fine or prosecute companies that fail in their legal duties, and to order the removal of content where it clearly breaches UK law.

Please email [email protected] to register your attendance.

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