Porn website age verification starts next year and here’s what you’ll have to do to gain access

Porn website age verification starts next year and here’s what you’ll have to do to gain access
July 08 14:07 2016 Print This Article

The latest Digital Economy Bill suggests age verification checks on porn sites will come into force by 2017

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The Government plans to roll out age verification checks on porn websites from 2017.

The plans were unveiled in the new Digital Economy Bill , which was given its first reading on Tuesday in the House of Commons.

It suggests that by next year websites will require visitors to prove they are of legal age before entering.

The Government hopes the move will prevent children accessing adult content, either accidentally or deliberately.

There is no indication as to how this proposed legislation will come into force and the bill will now be debated for several months before becoming law, which is expected to happen in Spring 2017.

The idea of blocking adult content online has been a topic of hot debate since David Cameron launched his porn crackdown in 2014.

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Since that time, he’s vowed to shut down sites that don’t introduce strict age controls, saying it’s time to give the online world the same accountability of sex shops, where baby-faced customers are forced to show ID.

Digital economy minister, Ed Vaizey, explained that the proposed legislation contains many necessary provisions to keep the UK’s digital development on track.

“We want the UK to be a place where technology ceaselessly transforms the economy, society and government,” he said.

“The UK has always been at the forefront of technological change, and the measures in the Digital Economy Bill provide the necessary framework to make sure we remain world leaders.”

However, activists claim the new law will only act with full force against sites based in Britain, leaving millions of others to run rampant .

And that’s not all. The bill also proposes jail terms of up to 10 years for those found guilty of copyright infringement, another idea the government put forward earlier this year.

This hasn’t gone down well with privacy advocates.

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Executive director of the Open Rights Group, Jim Killock, argued that while copyright needs to be protected, the proposals could mean that individuals who share or link to files could receive custodial sentences – even if they have not made any financial gain.

“This would be excessive and could mean that sharing a file online would lead to a greater custodial sentence than physical theft,” he said.

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