David Austin, CEO of the BBFC, has been named in Business Insider’s UK Top Tech 100 for the BBFC’s work on age-verification under the Digital Economy Act.
Every year, Business Insider publishes the UK Tech 100 — a list of the 100 most interesting, innovative, and influential people shaping the UK tech scene. David Austin is a new entry, and enters the list at number 96.
David Austin said: “I’m very pleased to be included in the UK tech 100 on behalf of the BBFC. It's recognition of the innovation that the BBFC brings to developing regulatory solutions to help families and protect children in the online space.”
Under the Digital Economy Act 2017, all online commercial pornography services accessible from the UK will be required to carry age-verification controls to prevent children from seeing content that isn’t appropriate for them. Nor may they carry extreme pornography. These services mainly take the form of websites and apps.
The UK Government appointed the BBFC as the Age-verification Regulator because of the BBFC’s expertise in regulating pornography; its understanding of age verification; and knowledge of online regulation.