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UK government to force porn sites to perform compulsory age verification, but only for UK visitors, starting April 2018

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The Digital Economy Law, which mandates compulsory age verifications on pornography sites and was passed in the United Kingdom (UK) last year, will officially be rolled out in April of 2018. Starting April, online pornography sites will be forced to deploy age verification to UK visitors or be blocked by the Great Firewall of Britain. The reason for this anti-pornography move is two-fold – to defeat terrorism and to stop the corruption of the youth. It has been clarified that the new law only applies to commercial pornography sites, and social media sites like Reddit that are often used as sources of pornography would not be subject to compulsory age verification (for now).

The UK government will require “id checks” for age verification on porn sites starting in 2018

The government’s timeline for the implementation of UK-wide age verification on commercial pornography sites has been called “unrealistic” by some. Many people also have also questioned the technicals of how this blanket age verification will be enforced. Chatter surrounding the implementation of the age verification suggests it may be done through the collection of credit card numbers or perhaps ID numbers. At the end of the day, it’ll be up to the still-to-be-formed regulatory body to oversee this. What’s clear is that this government action is unlikely to have the desired effect. Some have pointed out that eight months is too little time to form a working regulatory body to oversee all of this. Dr. Victoria Nash, who was part of a team commissioned by the government to study the upcoming regulation, commented to the BBC:

“The idea you can get a regulatory body up and running in that timeframe seems extraordinary to me. And while I don’t have a problem with asking these companies to act responsibly, I don’t see

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