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UK law will require all porn sites to verify users' age come April

By mongeese · 33 replies
Jan 13, 2019
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  1. The law will require any website whose content is more than one-third pornographic to securely verify that visitors are 18 or over. If they choose not to verify or aren’t thorough enough then the government can force ISPs to block the website and to fine or shut down the company, if possible.

    While government officials insist that the law will prevent minors from accessing porn and will protect unsuspecting citizens from accessing it accidentally, experts only agree with the latter. With VPNs freely available and capable of circumventing age restrictions, even the government’s own commission concludes that it “is not guaranteed to succeed.”

    Beyond that, the age verification methods being discussed by the government are all embarrassing or unsafe, which the government doesn’t seem to care about. While verification systems must be approved by the British Board for Film Classification, who will have authority over the scheme, the systems are up to the websites to develop and deploy.

    "There are various proposals for obtaining your 'porn license'," Neil Brown, the MD of law firm decoded.legal told Sky News. "Some involve handing over details online, some may entail installing software on your phone or computer, and others require you to go into a store and prove your age (like buying alcohol). A credit card alone is unlikely to be sufficient."

    In-person verification systems are expected to deter too many customers to be economically viable, say porn outlets. Providing banking details could work for larger reputable websites like PornHub, but scares customers away from smaller websites they may not trust. It’s unclear if age can be verified without determining a user’s identity.

    If it can’t then that poses a serious problem. If porn websites have databases of verified users then they’ll almost certainly be hacked by people with political motives, hoping to get the leg up on their opponents. An average 160 requests to access blocked porn websites were made on parliament’s internet network every day in 2017.

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  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,359   +3,591

    Britain's "democratically legislated ceremonial monarchy", is sounding more and more like Communist China each and every day..

    An average 160 requests to access blocked porn websites were made on parliament’s internet network every day in 2017

    So basically what that's saying is, that a bunch of pervs in parliament are trying to rob their constituents of their right to access porn. Is this like, "if we can't waste your tax dollars by watching porn all day at 'work', then you can't either". It sort of sounds more like sour grapes, than worthwhile legislation.

    It sounds even more like they're trying to generate a data base, of every person in Britain, of whom it is even remotely possible for them to become a sex offender in the unforeseeable future.
     
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2019
  3. Stark

    Stark TS Booster Posts: 90   +84

    Dat wallpaper though,
    can you guys feature it in one of the collections, am asking for a friend...
     
  4. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 8,088   +1,193

    seeprime, enemys, Stark and 2 others like this.
  5. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,214   +2,676

    Groundbreaking!
     
    Unusual Kmc and Stark like this.
  6. brucek

    brucek TS Booster Posts: 53   +55

    A great opportunity for Wikipedia to license its entire content to each of these site operators, thus ensuring the remaining, diluted, pornographic portion of the combined entity is less than one third pornographic.

    This would be great for me, I read these sites for the articles anyway.
     
    TadMSTR and captaincranky like this.
  7. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,754   +3,179

    Imagine .... at 86 they still want to know my age!
     
    learninmypc, ForgottenLegion and yRaz like this.
  8. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,303   +375

    So high school teenagers wont be able to watch porn? that is odd
     
  9. bexwhitt

    bexwhitt TS Guru Posts: 394   +99

    They will have to go back to the holy grail of the found porn mag swapped around as we did in the 70's. :)
     
    JamesSWD and SirChocula like this.
  10. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 843   +377

    So this only affects the older, less tech-savvy users. Kids will still have no problems with the use of proxies and VPNs
     
  11. Vulcanproject

    Vulcanproject TS Evangelist Posts: 566   +741

    Sextortion is about to explode in the UK. The clowns in parliament that dream these kinds of laws up have zero consideration for the realities of the situation.

    Verified user I.D registered in big databases on countless small pr0n sites who are themselves obligated to develop and secure those systems? At the lowest possible cost of course!

    They are going to be a big veiny throbbing target too good to pass up for countless hackers.
     
    Godel likes this.
  12. Knot Schure

    Knot Schure TS Booster Posts: 135   +47

    This won't mean schit to anyone with half a tech brain.

    I despair with the current UK government - every party, save for UKIP - all leftards.
     
    ForgottenLegion and Lurker101 like this.
  13. ForgottenLegion

    ForgottenLegion TS Guru Posts: 332   +332

    Will they ever learn?

    Old people imposing their will on the young. The only people who this will stop is those in their own age bracket.

    This won't apply to mobile network providers as they aren't ISP's. Just like how Torrent sites aren't blocked while browsing on 4G.

    Someone think of the children!
    We must save them from seeing people doing a natural act (for the most part).
     
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2019
  14. Godel

    Godel TS Addict Posts: 143   +70

    Not even that. You'll probably only have to change your DNS provider away from your ISP's DNS (to Google DNS etc). The ISPs need this kind of legislation like a hole in the head and will do the absolute minimum they can and still be compliant.
     
    Dalunar likes this.
  15. deemon

    deemon TS Addict Posts: 286   +88

    More like database of UK citizens. Period. Nothing to do with sex offenders.
     
  16. Stark

    Stark TS Booster Posts: 90   +84

  17. amghwk

    amghwk TS Maniac Posts: 401   +226

    Age verification? You mean like those with choose your date of birth pull down menus?

    Yes, that is okay. Even a kid can enter the birthdate.
     
  18. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,207   +1,648

    When it comes to people accessing porn they don't even need a brain to do it. It will just come naturally to everybody.
     
  19. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,207   +1,648

    Neah, what they mean is verifying your identity in some way, shape or form. (like you sending all your banking information, picture with ID, CC info and/or other identification methods). It's not just selecting your age when you enter the website.
     
  20. Daniele 00

    Daniele 00 TS Rookie

    it sounds very complicated to ensure the ID of a pc users . I know most of the people won't give their CC to visit a porn website. "Pictures with ID" won't guarantee the identity of the users: children can just send a picture of ID card of their dad.

    In italy, since this year, we adopt "electronic bill" to ensure the person ID you have to go thorought some complicated tools. ... and england government try to do the same to block children from watching porn websites?... just lol
     
  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,359   +3,591

    Try this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonobo (Scroll down to, "sociosexual behavior"). ;)
     
  22. McMurdeR

    McMurdeR TS Addict Posts: 118   +87

    Censorship is a tool of the far right!
     
    Knot Schure likes this.
  23. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,359   +3,591

    Yeah, and the far left spins it in the opposite direction, to the same net result. "We're censoring this for your own, and your children's good".
     
  24. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,359   +3,591

    Despite being an avid follower of erotic art, I find myself strangely drawn to fantasy landscape for well, landscape oriented monitors.

    Although they apparently won't let me insert one of their images in this post, their images are freely available for download here:

    https://wall.alphacoders.com/by_sub_category.php?id=167162&name=Landscape+Wallpapers

    It's well worth a look, their pictures cover a wide variety of themes and topics

    AFAIK, the site is completely clean. My Avira, (although the free version), doesn't set off any sort of alarm or warning when I visit.
     
  25. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Guru Posts: 434   +269

    I honestly don't have a problem with this. It's terrifying how much access children have to porn.

    However, I want to see them force age verification for SOCIAL MEDIA as well.

    That'll eliminate most of the fake traffic, burner accounts and annoying pre-teens.
     

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