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The UK is likely to postpone its controversial age verification system for online pornography & # 39; indefinitely & # 39 ;, according to a report from Sky News. With reference to multiple sources, Sky News says Jeremy Wright, secretary of the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport who oversees UK UK regulation of the internet, announces the delay in the UK parliament tomorrow. The ban would enter into force on July 15, after numerous delays during the past year or so. According to The Guardian, a government spokesperson "did not deny" that the system was postponed when comments were requested.

The age verification system, also known as the British porn block, was intended as a way to prevent children under the age of 18 from seeing unauthorized media on the internet. But the proposed implementation has raised serious concerns among privacy defenders, academics and the global porn industry. Critics are afraid that such a measure would give too much power to MindGeek, the huge Canadian porn conglomerate that was tapped to build and use age verification technology. There is also concern that such a system could open the door to serious privacy violations and potential blackmail with regard to following the porn habits of British citizens.

In addition, there were concerns about how consistent the system would be. Security experts have discovered that you can easily bypass such a block by using a virtual private network that masks your country of origin. Social media sites, such as Twitter and Tumblr, are said to have been exempted as well, raising concerns about porn sites that believe the system will allow such media to flow freely on the social web, while the industry that produces it paralyzes it. In March, a YouGov poll found that 76 percent of respondents in Britain were not even aware that the age verification system was coming into effect.