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Online Purchasing of Goods and Services (Age Verification) Bill

Online Purchasing of Goods and Services (Age Verification) Bill






Make it a requirement for the providers of goods and services and the

providers of specified facilities enabling the purchase of such goods and

services to take reasonable steps, in certain circumstances, to establish the age

of customers making such purchases remotely; and for connected purposes. 

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and

consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present

Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—


Provision of age-restricted goods and services


A company, organization or individual which is engaged in the sale or

provision by means of any electronic communications networks of such age-

restricted goods and services as shall be prescribed by regulations made by the

Secretary of State shall take all reasonable steps to determine that the person


purchasing or otherwise obtaining access to such goods and services meets the

specifications of the relevant age restriction.


In prescribing the list of goods and services which are the subject of this Act the

Secretary of State shall have regard to, but shall not be limited to, any goods

and services for which an age restriction is prescribed by law and any age


restrictions which are prescribed by any statutory body.


The Secretary of State shall publish, at least once in each calendar year, advice

or guidance on how companies, organizations or individuals might discharge

their obligations under subsection (1).


In this section “electronic communications networks” has the meaning given


by section 32 of the Communications Act 2003 (c. 21) (meaning of electronic

communications networks and services).



Any company, organization or individual which fails to comply with the

provisions of section 1 commits an offence and shall be liable on summary


conviction to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum.


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Online Purchasing of Goods and Services (Age Verification) Bill




Regulations and orders


Any power of the Secretary of State under this Act to make regulations or an

order is exercisable by statutory instrument.


Any regulations made under this Act shall be laid before Parliament after

being made and shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of


either House of Parliament.


Short title, commencement and extent


This Act may be cited as the Online Purchasing of Goods and Services (Age

Verification) Act 2008.


This Act shall come into force on such day as the Secretary of State may by


order appoint.


This Act extends to Northern Ireland.


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