PSA (fka PhonepayPlus), the British regulator for PRS-services today publishes statements on its regulatory framework and special conditions, for online competition and online adult services. Proposals presented in the consultations published in August have been refined following engagement and feedback from industry and wider stakeholders.
In their 30th year of regulating phone-paid services, the consultation explored whether it’s regulatory framework remains fit for purpose. The proposals ensure their approach continues to support the interest of consumers by supporting sustainable market growth, based on consumer confidence and keeping pace with market and technological evolution.
The key proposals considered and developed are:
- a risk assessment framework for application of special conditions for higher risk services
- clarification on how equivalent standards may be assessed to consider whether risk-controlled services warrant exemptions from specific code provisions
- a basis for mapping the regulatory landscape and the potential benefits to stakeholders
- joint regulatory handling of new business plans, mechanics and service proposals, where there is overlap with other regulators and where it is deemed necessary
- joint monitoring capabilities to drive efficiencies in the phone-paid services market.
Special conditions for online competition and adult services
PSA is introducing additional regulatory requirements for online competition services and online adult services following consultation with industry and wider stakeholders published in August. In response to market issues and findings from independent research into consumer journeys, they proposed additional regulatory requirements, in the form of special conditions for these services. The proposed requirements have been refined following engagement and feedback from stakeholders and will come into force on 4 January 2017.
Key aspects of the finalised requirements on providers of these services include:
- a clearer, single point of purchase, separate from service interaction
- clear identification of the brand of the service offered to and used by the consumer
- consent to be charged to be obtained in one of three ways:
a. use of a secure PIN loop system
b. use of a password system, or
c. use of secure, consumer controlled, mobile originating short message service system
- receipts to be sent each time a consumer incurs a charge
- retention of current code requirements for consumer opt-out processes
PSA expects providers who operate services to which these special conditions apply to make any necessary changes in time for the implementation date.
- Statement on introducing Special conditions for online competition and online adult services
- Notice of Special conditions for online competition services
- Notice of Special conditions for online adult services
- Consultation responses for the regulatory framework
- Consultation responses for proposed Special conditions regimes for online competition services and online adult PRS