UK To Step Up Age Verification Regime For Pornography Websites In 2018

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Luglio 17, 2017

It is understood the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), which already regulates age limits on films and video games, will ensure porn sites comply with the new policies.

"We have taken steps to implement the new age verification requirement for online pornography as part of our continuing work to make the Internet safer", said digital minister Matt Hancock.

The government is also expected to announce plans to appoint a regulator to police the sex websites, with the intention that all online porn sites have age verification controls by April 2018.

Age verification through the use of credit cards will be implemented on all porn websites in the United Kingdom by 2018.

Mr Hancock will formally begin the process with a written statement to the House of Commons on Monday.

Digital minister Matt Hancock, in a written statement to the Commons, stated: "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 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.

Childnet's chief executive of internet safety Will Gardner has also shown his interest in the matter by making a statement on the issue. It will be the regulator's responsibility to oblige porn sites to maintain age-restriction barriers, with a likely punishment for incompliance being the threat of blocked access from internet service providers (ISPs).

"Protecting children from exposure, including accidental exposure, to adult content is incredibly important, given the effect it can have", he said.

Information Commissioner Ms Denham also highlighted concerns about any age verification that required the collection and retention of documents such as a copy of passports, driving licences, or other documents vulnerable to misuse or attractive to disreputable third parties. Steps like this to help restrict access, alongside the provision of free parental controls and education, are key. "It is essential to help parents and carers, as well as young people, be more aware of this risk and what they can do to prevent exposure".

"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. We are concerned that the porn company MindGeek will become the Facebook of age verification, dominating the United Kingdom market.

The study found 28% of children may have stumbled across pornography while browsing, while 19% had searched for it deliberately. "They would then decide what privacy risks or profiling take place for the vast majority of United Kingdom citizens".

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