The UK will block online porn from next year, and require age verification.

Plans to force all pornographic websites behind an age-verification wall has been formally announced.

The UK government will soon require adult web sites to change their pages to include age-verification software that will attempt to discourage underage customers from consuming lewd content material on-line.

The brand new set of laws was launched in an effort to make the internet safer for youngsters.

Starting from April 2018, platforms distributing sexually suggestive content shall be legally obligated to implement stricter age-verification measures before granting customers entry to their adult content.

Firms that fail to adjust to the so-called Digital Economy Act will face risks of getting blocked by internet service suppliers. The UK government has plans to institute a dedicated regulatory entity to supervise potential breaches and violations.

Thus far the frontrunner for this is the British Board of Film Classification, which is already liable for setting age limits for film and game releases.

“All because of this while we will benefit from the freedom of the net, the UK may have the most sturdy web child protection measures of any nation on the planet,” stated Digital minister Matt Hancock.

UK porn sites to introduce age verification
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The British Board of Film Classifications will play the primary role within the monitoring of this requirement. To the dismay of activists and consumers, the BBFC may also force ISPs to block content and adult material it deems inappropriate or obscene, even for adult viewers.

The choice aims to counteract recent findings by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) which recommend that X-rated materials might have an adverse influence on minors. The study additionally indicated that greater than 1 / 4 of all underage users aged 11 and above have seen adult content material.

Online pornography, which experts say can damage a child’s development and decision-making, has been seen by 65% of 15 to 16-year-olds and 48% of 11 to 16-year-olds, according to an NSPCC report in 2016.

The study also found that 28% of children may have stumbled across pornography while 19% had searched for it deliberately.

One particularly worrisome aspect is the lack of details as to what measures porn sites and regulators are planning to take in order to protect verification data provided by users.

In an unpleasant turn of events, last year adult entertainment giants xHamster and Brazzers both suffered breaches that exposed the private information of over 380,000 and 800,000 users, respectively. The British government has yet to address how it could safeguard user data during such incidents.

In the case of illegally downloaded media, for instance, it is not the government mandated ISP blocks that have had the greatest impact, but the rise of legal streaming sites. TorrentFreak’s annual report on the state of the sector attributed the stabilising of traffic to torrent sites to this rise.

Several industry representatives, wired.com reported, voiced concerns that the likes of Twitter are massive purveyors of pornographic material, yet are rarely mentioned in government debates.

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“My concern is that with Twitter, kids are going there; 13-year-olds can get a Twitter account and they allow hardcore imagery on their site without any checks whatsoever,” said David Cooke, director of digital and new media at Mindgeek, which runs Pornhub. BBFC CEO David Austin did say the organisation would “ask Twitter to close down an account that had hardcore pornography”, and classed it as an ancillary provider like payment providers, but added that it would not have “the power to compel it and we don’t know how Twitter would respond”.

The brand new set of laws was launched in an effort to make the internet safer for youngsters


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