New rules for porn subscription and phone sex services in South Africa

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has issued a draft Code of Conduct for Premium Rated Services in which it proposed a number of new rules for such services.

In particular, the draft Code would establish new regulations for adult content providers who use of premium-rated phone numbers and short codes to bill clients.

Icasa released the draft for public comment in the Government Gazette on 17 December 2015.

A summary of the new rules is given below.

  • A provider of premium-rated services aimed at adults must take appropriate steps to ensure that only people that are at least 18 years old have access to such services.
  • Confirmation of an end-user’s age must be obtained before services may be delivered.
  • No marketing messages for such a service may be sent to users that have not used it for the past 3 months.
  • Adult services that are provisioned as premium-rated services must not contain references that suggest or imply the involvement or participation of children.

Those interested in commenting on the draft have until 16:30 on 12 February 2016 to send their submissions to Icasa.

The draft and submission information is available on the MyBroadband forum.

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