Porn Sites to Conduct Compulsory ID Checks in UK By April 2018

18 July, 2017, 05:39 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
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Literally, it means that people in the United Kingdom will have to prove they are 18 before being allowed to access pornography websites from next year.

Pornograhy websites are to be ordered to install age-verification software to ensure users are not under 18.

Digital minister Matt Hancock said in a written statement to the Commons: "All this means that while we can enjoy the freedom of the web, the United Kingdom will have the most robust internet child protection measures of any country in the world". The legislation, which can be viewed here, requires sites that host pornographic material on a "commercial basis" to begin employing ID checks in order to verify the age of their users, with ISPs forced to prevent access to any site that refuses to do so.

It is understood porn site users will have to provide details from their credit card, which can not be legally issued to anyone under 18.

Rather worryingly and shortsightedly and stupidly, it'll use credit card details to verify ages, because children can't have credit cards and obviously can't borrow dad's when he's at work.

Ahead of this, he claimed authorities were "taking the next step" to ensure there is a legal requirement for adult websites to ensure content is "behind an age verification control".

That regulator is believed to be the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), which polices age limits on films and video games.

The NSPCC’s study found that 48 per cent of 11 to 16-year-olds had viewed online pornography
The NSPCC’s study found that 48 per cent of 11 to 16-year-olds had viewed online pornography

"All this means that while we can enjoy the freedom of the web, the United Kingdom will have the most robust internet child protection measures of any country in the world", he said.

To appoint a regulator, Digital Minister Hancock is expected to create a formal statement and present it to the House of Commons.

"Protecting children from exposure, including accidental exposure, to adult content is incredibly important, given the effect it can have on young people", he said in the press release Monday. "It is essential to help".

The UK government is moving forward with plans to implement provisions outlined in the revised Digital Economy Act which achieved Royal Assent in April.

The move was welcomed by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), which said watching online porn could be "deeply damaging" to young people.

However, Open Rights Group criticised the plans, saying that age verification could lead to porn companies "building databases of the UK's porn habits, which could be vulnerable to Ashley Madison style hacks". "Despite repeated warnings, parliament has failed to listen to concerns about the privacy and security of people who want to watch legal adult content".

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