The DPA Age Verification Group has been working with officials from the DCMS on the Government's commitment to tackle children's access to online pornography through age verification controls, and has responded to the DCMS Consultation (Child Safety Online: Age Verification for Pornography). It welcomes the DCMS's commitment, in its official consultation response, to maintain engagement with pornography providers and as part of this process, the Group has produced three short papers which it believes will be useful and informative for current and newly appointed DCMS officials:
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The papers provide further comment in view of the omission of criminal sanctions and powers for website blocking from the Digital Economy Bill, which may be of interest as the Digital Economy Bill progresses through Parliament and becomes subject to Parliamentary scrutiny.
The Group has noted the Government's policy objective to prevent potential harm to children from accessing pornographic content online, and its concern that accessing porn can be detrimental to children’s development. It is hoped that these papers express the sincere intention of the Group's members to provide effective solutions that support the Government in its efforts to make a real difference in reducing the ability of children, wittingly or unwittingly, to access and consume pornography online.