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UK Plans Age Verification For Porn Websites From 2018

17 July 2017, 08:55 | Myron Mathis

Damage Experts say online pornography warps children's views of relationships

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Measures to force pornography sites to check the age of United Kingdom viewers have been unveiled, signaling the next step in a government crackdown on adult online content. The British Board of Film and Classification, which sets age limits for films, DVDs and computer games, is set to have its remit expanded to include enforcing age-verification on x-rated sites.

Users may be asked to provide credit card details - which can only legally be obtained by someone aged 18 years or older - as gambling websites do.

The U.K.'s Digital minister Matt Hancock, who will outline the plans in parliament on Monday, said: "Now we are taking the next step to put in place the legal requirement for websites with adult content to ensure it is safely behind an age verification control".

The Government also plans to appoint a regulator to police sex websites.

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".

Anyone wishing to view porn in the United Kingdom from 2018 onwards will have to verify with websites that they are over 18 years of age before they're allowed to access the content.

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

Hancock is expected to make a statement to the House of Commons today. Failure to do so could result in a bar on credit card payments from the United Kingdom or a block from being carried by United Kingdom internet service providers.

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

Dr Julia Fossi, a senior analyst at the charity's child safety online team, said back in 2015: "We all understand the importance of keeping children safe in the offline world". The organization further noted in its report that online pornography risks a child's development with 65 percent damage reported in 15- to 16-year-olds and 48 percent in 11- to 16-year-olds.

"Steps like this to help restrict access, alongside the provision of free parental controls and education, are key", he said, the Guardian reports.

The organization's study also deduced that about 28 percent of children have been noted to stumble upon pornography websites accidentally, while 19 percent searched for such sites intentionally.

"The government has repeatedly refused to ensure that there is a legal duty for age verification providers to protect the privacy of Web users", he said, adding: "There is also nothing to ensure a free and fair market for age verification". "Age verification could lead to porn companies building databases of the UK's porn habits, which could be vulnerable to Ashley Madison style hacks". "They would then decide what privacy risks or profiling take place for the vast majority of United Kingdom citizens".




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