UK demands strict age verification on pornographic websites

The UK will introduce "robust" age verification requirements on pornographic websites.

Eliza Archer
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Under a new initiative by the government online pornography sites in the United Kingdom will be required to verify the users age. The rules are aimed at preventing children from accessing pornographic content.

“Adult content is currently far too easy for children to access online. The introduction of mandatory age verification is a world first, and we’ve taken the time to balance privacy concerns with the need to protect children from inappropriate content. We want the UK to be the safest place in the world to be online, and these new laws will help us achieve this” says Margot James, the United Kingdom’s Digital Minister. 

Despite its supposed benefits many have expressed concerns. Privacy has been one of the main points of contention, as people speculate that it would create a list of “porn watchers”.

Equally, the categorization of websites as displaying pornographic content has been murky. Several social media sites have been made exempt including Twitter, Reddit, Imgur and Tumblr.

Details from the story:

  • The initiative from the government will be implemented as of July 15.
  • The verification of individual’s age should be “robust”.
  • Websites that do not comply can potentially have their payments services revoked and webpages blocked by UK servers.

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