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By email: offensive.weapons.act.consultation@homeoffice.gov.uk

9th October 2019

Dear colleagues,

Offensive Weapons Act 2019 – Statutory guidance – consultation response

I am writing on behalf of the Age Verification Providers Association which represents all the main technology suppliers who have invested in the development of age verification solutions to support the implementation of age restrictions online.

Our current membership includes AgeChecked, AgeGo, AgeID, Avyourself, Equifax, GBG, Verime, Yoti.

As an association, we work to:

  • Inform and educate the public, industry, and media, on age verification solutions and technology.
  • Promote a positive image of effective age verification and the age verification industry.
  • Represent the industry to regulators and law makers for the advancement of best practice, socially-responsible age verification policy.

The AVPA was formed in 2018 from organisations involved in the UK’s Digital Policy Alliance age verification working group, and created and in response to a need for a uniform voice for of the industry.

The AVPA is governed by a representative Board drawn from its member organisations.

We are a member of the OPSS Expert Panel on Age Restrictions.  The Age Verification Providers Association wishes to endorse that Panel’s response to this consultation.

Yours sincerely,

Iain Corby

Director

Age Verification Providers Association