UK Plans Age Verification For Porn Websites From 2018

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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.

It is estimated one million children access pornography websites each month.

Porn sites will be forced to conduct compulsory ID checks in the United Kingdom by April 2018, according to newly announced measures that could see users being forced to hand over their credit card details.

The UK has chose to increase age verification efforts in the country for pornography websites and is expected to implement the process through legal methods on Monday.

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". Sites could also face £250,000 fines if they fail to comply.

The new government powers will apply to both free and paid-for adult websites, as well as websites that are hosted overseas.

A regulator - believed to be the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) - will police the websites.

By April 2018, websites that make pornographic content available to United Kingdom users for commercial purposes-even if they are not based in the United Kingdom -will be legally required to install age verification controls, the BBC reported.

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

The executive said protecting children from exposure - including accidental exposure - to adult content is incredibly important given the effect it can have on young people.

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

But internet freedom advocates have expressed concerns about the plans, and called instead for more focus on sex education that would help children cope better with the influence of online pornography.

Websites hosting pornographic material will be forced to prove that users are aged 18 or over.

The move has the support of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), which told the Daily Telegraph that online pornography could be "deeply damaging" for young viewers.

The 2016 report also found that 19 percent of children accessed the content intentionally, compared to 28 percent who discovered it accidentally.

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