Porn & # 39; prohibition & # 39; to force adult websites to check whether users are older than 18 becomes effective

Porn & # 39; prohibition & # 39; to force adult websites to check if users are over 18 years old, comes into force in July as the UK introduces the world's first law of its kind

  • Sites are blocked for British users if they do not check the ages of the summer
  • The move is intended to prevent children from viewing adult content online
  • But critics say the risk of fraud and blackmail can increase
  • Users can use the official ID as a passport or driver's license to view sites

Far-reaching news legislation that prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from viewing pornography will enter into force within a few months, the government has announced.

Age restrictions on watching videos & images of adults, the first in the world, come into effect on July 15, said Digital Minister Margot James.

Companies with porn websites must check the age of users or risk that their payment services will be withdrawn or blocked for UK users.

The move, which applied to sites with more than a third of pornographic content, is designed to reduce the number of children who have free access to extreme material on the internet.

But it has been criticized by freedom activists and others who fear that by giving personal information to websites, they will be exposed to fraud and blackmail.

Mrs. James said: & # 39; Adult content is currently too easy for children to surf online.

& # 39; The introduction of mandatory age verification is a world first and we have taken the time to balance privacy issues with the need to protect children from inappropriate content.

& # 39; We want the UK to be the safest place in the world to be online, and these new laws will help us achieve this. & # 39;

In the current scheme, mature websites will have to provide their own verification software, which must then comply with the standards and checks performed by the British Board of Film Classification (file image of models)

In the current scheme, mature websites will have to provide their own verification software, which must then comply with the standards and checks performed by the British Board of Film Classification (file image of models)

The Ministry of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport announced this morning that from July 15, people who want to watch online porn in the UK must prove their age

The Ministry of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport announced this morning that from July 15, people who want to watch online porn in the UK must prove their age

The Ministry of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport announced this morning that from July 15, people who want to watch online porn in the UK must prove their age

Proponents of privacy have expressed concern about the implementation of the age verification procedure and said it provides ample opportunity for criminals to manipulate porn viewers (file photo)

The Department of Digital, Culture, and Sports said the change was supported by 88 percent of UK parents with children aged seven to seventeen, who agreed that robust controls on age verification should take place to prevent children from seeing porn online & # 39 ;.

Many of the country's most popular websites have signed up for the AgeID system, which requires users to verify their age through official proof of identity, such as a driver's license or passport.

Adult websites will have to provide their own verification software, which must then comply with the standards and controls performed by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).

It has a & # 39; voluntary certification scheme & # 39; created, the Age-verification Certificate (AVC), which evaluates the data security standards of AV suppliers (age verification) & # 39 ;.

BBFC CEO David Austin said: “Introducing age verification to restrict access to commercial adult pornographic websites is a groundbreaking child protection measure.

& # 39; Age verification will help prevent children from accessing pornographic content online and means that the UK is a leader in internet security.

"Upon entry into force, consumers will be able to determine that an age verification provider has met strict security and data controls if it bears the new green & # 39; AV & # 39; AV & # 39; & # 39; symbol of the BBFC. & # 39;

A spokeswoman for NSPCC said: & # 39; Exposure to pornography can be harmful to young people's views on sex, body image and healthy relationships, as we regularly hear from children who contact our Childline service.

& # 39; We want to ensure that when these new rules are implemented, they are as effective as possible and protect children from sexually explicit content.

& # 39; To achieve this, it is crucial that the rules keep pace with the different ways in which children are exposed to porn online. & # 39;

The start date of the scheme, introduced in the Digital Economy Act 2017, has been reset several times.

In November, Ms. James said she hoped that the legislation would be in parliament by the end of 2018, but that websites would need time to get up & # 39; up to speed & # 39 ;.

She told the Science and Technology Committee study on November 13 that the impact of social media had lasted longer than hoped, but & # 39; we are right & # 39 ;.

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