Statement: ‘Specially restricted material’ and Age Verification Guidance for Providers of On-Demand Programme Services

  • Start: 22 October 2018
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 03 December 2018

On-demand programme service providers (“ODPS providers”) regulated by Ofcom are required to place ‘specially restricted material’ (which includes certain pornographic content) behind age-verification controls to restrict access to over 18s. The Digital Economy Act 2017 increases the scope of content that has to be placed behind age-verification controls on ODPS, and we are changing Rule 11 of Ofcom’s Rules for ODPS to reflect this stricter requirement.

The Digital Economy Act also introduced new duties for the British Board of Film Classification (“BBFC”) to regulate ‘pornographic’ content online on commercial adult websites. In light of this, and following our consultation in October 2018, this document sets out our decisions regarding changes to Ofcom’s Guidance for Rule 11.

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Mediawatch UK (PDF File, 159.9 KB) Organisation
Portland TV (PDF File, 132.9 KB) Organisation
The Children's Media Foundation (PDF File, 88.6 KB) Organisation
Virgin Media (PDF File, 1.4 MB) Organisation