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UK Plans Age Verification For Porn Websites From 2018

UK Plans Age Verification For Porn Websites From 2018

It will have the power to dish out fines of up to £250,000 for non-compliance, cut loose misbehaving porn operators from their payment providers, advertisers, and other ancillary services that they use in the United Kingdom, or they could be blocked by ISPs-a method that the government's DCMS parliamentary under-secretary Lord Ashton previously insisted "would be used sparingly". The charity organization further suggested the idea that children develop a freakish outlook towards relationships with their friends and family members due to such inappropriate content.

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. It's not yet know who the watchdog is, but it "is believed to be the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC)" - an organisation that provides age restrictions for TV shows, films and video games in the UK.

The deadline for the checks, which are being introduced to protect under-18s, was "revealed as digital minister Matt Hancock signed the commencement order for the Digital Economy Act", which requires websites publishing pornography accessible in the United Kingdom "on a commercial basis" to provide ID checking software.

"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".

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.

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

A child's hands on the keys of a laptop keyboard
A child's hands on the keys of a laptop keyboard

Hancock is expected to make a statement to the House of Commons today.

Will Gardner, chief executive of internet safety charity Childnet International, said: 'Protecting children from exposure, including accidental exposure, to adult content is incredibly important, given the effect it can have on young people. Steps like this to help restrict access, alongside the provision of free parental controls and education, are key.

Anyone attempting to access pornographic websites online could soon be forced to prove they are over 18.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children says the move will protect young people from "deeply damaging" imagery.

Critics have bemoaned the government's draconian methods, saying that while this will make it more hard for under-18s to stumble upon porn, it will also make porn sites a prime target for hackers and place their users at great risk.

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