Age verification: What to do, what not to do?


When it comes to age verification, there are a few things that you should know. Whether you’re looking for an age checker or doing the checking yourself, here’s what you need to do and what not to do when verifying someone’s age. 

A Quick Overview of the Legislation & Age Verification

To put it simply, age verification obligations apply to online content that is pornographic and adult. These laws affect all publishers who host this type of adult content, including websites and mobile applications that provide access to such material. Publishers must take steps to ensure that users are at least 18 years old before accessing this type of content.

This is done by verifying their age and identity so that they can’t lie about their age to gain access to the site. This applies not only to UK sites but any UK users visiting websites outside of the country as well. There are two legislations:

–    The UK Digital Economy Act 2017  (which establishes a regulatory framework for age verification)

–    The EU AVMSD 2016  (which deals with TV content regulation)


Age verification is necessary for accessing pornographic websites. Age verification entails checking users’ identity and age before they are able to access the website.

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