The Australian Communications and Media Authority has made the new Restricted Access System Declaration 2014 for online content.
‘The Declaration seeks to strike a balance between the needs of industry and consumers in helping to protect children from exposure to certain MA15+ and R18+ online content,' said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman. 'It requires online content service providers to take reasonable steps to restrict access to such content, while also allowing them the flexibility to choose a system that best accords with their business practice.’
The new Declaration updates the Restricted Access Systems Declaration 2007. Following a consultation process, a range of prescriptive administrative requirements have been removed from the previous, 2007 Declaration, providing industry providers with a greater level of flexibility in designing compliant access restriction systems.
Under the Broadcasting Services Act 1992, all R18+ content and certain commercial MA15+ content online is prohibited or potentially prohibited unless it is behind a valid restricted access system to help prevent under-age viewing.
The new Declaration will take effect from 1 January 2015.
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: Emma Rossi, Media Manager, (02) 9334 7719 and 0434 652 063 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media release 80/2014 - 17 December
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