Guidance on Age-verification Arrangements

Under s25 of the Digital Economy Act 2017 (DEA), the BBFC is required to publish ‘guidance about the types of arrangements for making pornographic material available that the regulator will treat as complying with section 14(1).’

Our Guidance on Age-Verification Arrangements sets out the criteria by which the BBFC will assess that a person has met the requirements of s14(1) of the Act.

The Guidance outlines good practice, such as offering a choice of age-verification solutions to consumers. It includes information about the requirements that age-verification services and online pornography providers must adhere to under data protection legislation, and the role and functions of the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

The Guidance also sets out the BBFC's approach and powers in relation to online commercial pornographic services and considerations in terms of enforcement action.

Guidance on Age-verification Arrangements PDF

Guidance on Ancillary Service Providers

Under s25 of the DEA, the BBFC is required to publish ‘guidance for the purposes of section 21(1) and (5) about the circumstances in which it will treat services provided in the course of a business as enabling or facilitating the making available of pornographic material or extreme pornographic material’.

Our Guidance on Ancillary Service Providers includes a non-exhaustive list of classes of ancillary service provider that the BBFC will consider notifying under section 21 of the Act, such as social media platforms and search engines.

The Guidance also sets out the BBFC's approach and powers in relation to online commercial pornographic services and considerations in terms of enforcement action.

Guidance on Ancillary Service Providers PDF

Memorandums of Understanding

Our Memorandums of Understanding outline how we will work with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), The Government and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Memorandum of Understanding ICO PDF

Memorandum of Understanding IWF PDF