Regulation change (§ 184 StGB) affecting telecommunication-based adult services

Due to changes in § 184 of the German Criminal Code, telecommunication-supported services according to § 3 No. 25 of Telecommunications Act (TKG) are included in the criminal offence of spreading pornographic content for the first time and therefore affect as well adult services (as far as they are assigned to the area of FSK 18). The law will come into force on the 1st of January 2021.

Provider of adult services will therefore have to apply “age verification systems” in order to control access of just full-aged and thus avoid violation of law § 184 of the German Criminal Code. Services according FSK 16 are criminally not affected and can be offered continuously.

We would like to politely ask you to adjust your services according to this change in order to comply with the law by implementing age verification systems if applicable.


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