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UK porn sites will be required to implement advanced age-verification systems beginning...

By Polycount · 14 replies
Apr 17, 2019
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  1. In theory, there's nothing all that concerning about this concept. Most semi-reputable porn websites already have "age gates" that require users to confirm that they are 18 or older in order to visit. However, what the UK is proposing is something a bit more invasive.

    Some of the potential age verification methods the country will require websites to use may involve handing over your personal details to said website, installing third-party software on your device, or perhaps even buying a "porn pass" at local newsstands.

    This law was initially going to take effect this month, but the UK's government has pushed that date back to July 15. To be clear, the previously-mentioned age verification methods are only a few examples, and sites won't be required to use them. As long as a given system fits all of the criteria laid out by the UK's Digital Economy Bill, the website using it will likely be safe from any disciplinary action.

    If a website fails to comply with these laws, the penalty will be a mandatory British ISP block.

    If a website fails to comply with these laws, the penalty will be a mandatory British ISP block. Tech-savvy users will undoubtedly be able to use virtual private networks (VPNs) to bypass these restrictions, though.

    As Ars Technica reports, in addition to age verification, the Digital Economy Bill will also give UK officials the power to take down websites or videos that showcase "extreme" adult content. This includes some of the more perverse fetishes, such as bestiality and necrophilia, as well as particularly violent sexual acts (though that's a bit more vague).

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  2. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,003   +732

    Freedom isn't Free
     
  3. TheBigT42

    TheBigT42 TS Maniac Posts: 307   +189

    People will just VPN to outside the country.
     
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  4. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,624   +2,363

    Yet another argument for my idea of verified online identities.
     
  5. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,768   +636

    What will be the cut off age?
     
  6. Vulcanproject

    Vulcanproject TS Evangelist Posts: 695   +949

    38.

    Seriously though. The Nanny state strikes again.
     
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  7. Godel

    Godel TS Addict Posts: 167   +86

    I'm sure most of the world's porn sites will be outside the UK so why not just change your DNS setting?

    Or are the UK ISPs going to be using something more invasive to surveill your browsing?
     
  8. ChrisH1

    ChrisH1 TS Addict Posts: 132   +67

  9. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,721   +2,080

    And such would become a hacking target and likely find a way to the dark web.
     
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  10. Morris Minor

    Morris Minor TS Booster Posts: 86   +35

    in the uk isp's are required by law to store your browsing history for up to 2 years.
     
  11. kmo911

    kmo911 TS Enthusiast Posts: 84   +8

    Isp cant ban people from getting a dvd player eather. in that time. and rip a xxx movie (vin disel) take away tings with q dvd jon program. then save for later. doh
    teke it easy the ban are not enabled. so if you sit on that day ouy must just make a login with youre VISA 0£$ to let them know you are over 18 teen +. if a 12 years old gets a visa but not the code that person cant look at xxx win mac disel movies. same on natflix. its stated 18+ not 0-17. so that they doing this makers a 12 years old to a law breaker if he or she want to watch xxx vd movies. of v d as a exsample. I have nothing agains him or his movies. he has just that cool xxx movie and screensaver themes with sound on. windows theme for win 3.1-10. so to get a legally VISA vertification the child must never know youre code (4 digs) in NORWAY. so you telling youre self you getting banned if you do not give info to 18+ site ? and next the site will hav s e x as xxx . s e x on every xxx site. that would be easier to ban sites and isp to bloc. those sites has malware and trojans . so good to get rid of many bad fake sites. you click on one site and you cant get out of it. ad vlocker installed and a bitdefender avg tool in. o.c we watch p o r n
     
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2019
  12. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,450   +1,448

    I love reactionary states.... 88% of UK parents with children under 18 are in favour of having age-verification.... but I'd bet that over 95% of them don't know that it's impossible to implement :)

    It's very telling that the definitions of age-verification on the given links all give examples of what age-verification CANNOT be, but are quite vague as to what it MUST be. There is NO foolproof way of verifying anyone's age on the internet - it's kind of the reason the net is so popular in the first place!

    Maybe try being a good parent instead, and educate your children as to proper conduct and behaviour? There's nothing inherently wrong about pornography - other than the exploitation of the performers themselves (which is a completely different argument and many would say it's willing exploitation).

    If you don't want your 7-year-old watching porn, maybe don't let them on the internet unsupervised?
     
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  13. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,844   +1,351

    What's the reason behind banning porn? It's corrupting the children or something? I bet kids will find a way to see what they wanna see somehow like always.

    I took a look at UKs trending videos on YouTube and guess what it is, song videos that could pass as softcore porn and themes that I wouldn't recommend children watch or listen to, not that I would actually ban it.
     
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2019
  14. Dimitrios

    Dimitrios TS Guru Posts: 395   +267

    Maybe they should focus on movies that show nudity.................. I have no problem but last few years movie producers are adding pointless nudity/sex scenes for no good reason. Good example are scary movies & comedy movies.

    Funny how people go after game developers and internet users but not music & movies.
     
  15. lostinlodos

    lostinlodos TS Booster Posts: 142   +26

    It increases paying customers.
     

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