Masturbation is about to get a bit more fiddly from April this year — with porn sites requiring ID, including free ones like YouPorn and Pornhub. Pornhub and YouPorn will use the AgeID system, which requires users to prove their age using a credit card, passport, driving licence, or special cards bought from newsagents. Each website will create their own non-pornographic landing page for this purpose.
Concern is growing about the introduction of new UK porn blocks that will force people to show identification in order watch adult videos. The government has repeatedly committed to introducing new rules that will force anyone who attempts to look at pornographic content to prove they are adults. That proof will largely mean showing identification documents to some sort of verification service.
Thursday, January 19, Identify Verification and how to bypass it. Most marketplaces, in order to function properly, require some form of identification of their users. It is a well-known problem that the ability of participants to generate easily new identities can lead to many problems.
Some will seek out content and products prohibited to minors, such as gambling, adult entertainment or purchase of spirits and alcohol. Socially responsible companies will take all reasonable precautions to prevent minors from accessing their services. Recently proposed UK laws call for more stringent age checks on all adult websites.
These are external links and will open in a new window. An age-check scheme designed to stop unders viewing pornographic websites will come into force on 15 July. But critics say teens may find it relatively easy to bypass the restriction or could simply turn to porn-hosting platforms not covered by the law.
Websites and age-verification providers who have been awaiting the announcement of when the age-verification requirements will come into effect, now know that their systems will have to be up and running by 15 July One of the reasons for the delay has been Brexit diverting attention away from the Digital Economy Act. Using AgeCheckedviewers were required to authenticate their age by proving they were over
The already delayed policy, which will require all adult internet users wanting to watch legal pornography to prove they are over 18 by providing some form of identification, was due to come into force on 15 July. However, the culture secretary, Jeremy Wright, told the House of Commons, that would not happen, because of a failure to comply with European law in how statutory instruments are passed. This should have been notified to the European commission, and it was not.
If all goes to plan, from April anyone in the UK visiting a website deemed pornographic will be asked to verify that they are aged 18 or over before they can proceed. All this means that while we can enjoy the freedom of the web, the UK will have the most robust internet child protection measures of any country in the world. With anti-censorship and privacy groups up in arms, and network engineers scratching their heads, worries that the law will have unintended consequences are surfacing too.