United Kingdom government to implement age verification on porn sites by April 2018

United Kingdom government to implement age verification on porn sites by April 2018

United Kingdom government to implement age verification on porn sites by April 2018

To step up the age verification process for pornography websites, the United Kingdom government may ask website owners to verify a user's age through a credit card verification as such cards are only provided to people who are 18 and above.

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The new rules are due to be part of the Digital Economy Act, which encompasses the introduction of age-verification rules for porn sites, as well as the introduction of a regulator to check sites are complying with the new rules.

The wobbly, squabbling, minority Tory government-propped up by Northern Ireland's DUP-has laid before MPs its first commencement order for the recently passed Digital Economy Act, in which it confirmed that an age checker system for access to porn sites will be brought in next spring.

Adult websites will have to install age-verification software or risk being banned under new laws that could see them face £250,000 fines.

More details on how the government plans to block access will be announced soon with digital minister Matt Hancock set to formally kick-start the process with a written statement to the House of Commons today.

Despite the fact that new powers will be hard to implement effectively-given that so many sites are overseas which can be accessed by porn fans using, say, VPN workarounds-Hancock is convinced that "the United Kingdom will have the most robust Internet child protection measures of any country in the world".

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Just under half of 11-to-16-year-olds and more than a quarter of 11-to-12-year-olds have viewed pornography online, according to an NSPCC report published last year.

Childnet's chief executive of internet safety Will Gardner has also shown his interest in the matter by making a statement on the issue.

The aim is to prevent children from being exposed to pornography online, which child protection charities warn can have damaging effects on their development.

The study found 28% of children may have stumbled across pornography while browsing, while 19% had searched for it deliberately.

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

"The Government has repeatedly refused to ensure that there is a legal duty for age verification providers to protect the privacy of web users", executive director Jim Killock said. "Despite repeated warnings, parliament has failed to listen to concerns about the privacy and security of people who want to watch legal adult content. Sex education would genuinely protect young people, as it would give them information and context".

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