Porn sites will take card details to protect children

Frederick Owens
July 18, 2017

The government is poised to usher in mandatory porn checks this week, with reports it will require users to provide details from a credit card to prove they are over 18.

Rather worryingly and shortsightedly and stupidly, it'll use credit card details to verify ages, because children can't have credit cards and obviously can't borrow dad's when he's at work.

"There is also nothing to ensure a free and fair market for age verification".

Pornograhy websites are to be ordered to install age-verification software to ensure users are not under 18. The watchdog, which many assume will be the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), will be able to fine providers up to £250,000, or up to 5 percent of the turnover reported in their "most recent complete accounting period".

Measures to force pornography sites to check the age of United Kingdom viewers will be announced this week, signaling the next step in a government crackdown on adult online content.

Furthermore, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport has also asked for all porn websites to apply for the new age verification program by April 2018. We are concerned that the porn company MindGeek will become the Facebook of age verification, dominating the United Kingdom market.

A guy using credit card to verify age
Age verification through the use of credit cards will be implemented on all porn websites in the UK by 2018

The minister of state for digital, Matt Hancock, is expected to start the official process on Monday via a written statement to the House of Commons.

Despite the fact that new powers will be hard to implement effectively-given that so many sites are overseas which can be accessed by porn fans using, say, VPN workarounds-Hancock is convinced that "the United Kingdom will have the most robust Internet child protection measures of any country in the world". One study released in 2016 claimed that online porn had been watched by 65% of 15 to 16-year-olds and 48% of 11 to 16-year-olds in the UK.

The executive said protecting children from exposure - including accidental exposure - to adult content is incredibly important given the effect it can have on young people.

Will Gardner, chief executive of internet safety charity Childnet, said the measures would help prevent young people from accessing content that could be upsetting. "It is essential to help".

Critics have bemoaned the government's draconian methods, saying that while this will make it more hard for under-18s to stumble upon porn, it will also make porn sites a prime target for hackers and place their users at great risk.

"As we saw with the Ashley Madison leaks, the hacking of private information about people's sex lives, has huge repercussions for those involved".

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