Powers to enforce age checks by pornography sites a step closer

Postado Julho 17, 2017

Obviously sites hosted overseas can not be fined, but the United Kingdom will just put them on its banned list.

That regulator is believed to be the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), which polices age limits on films and video games.

By April 2018, websites that make pornographic content available to United Kingdom users for commercial purposes-even if they are not based in the United Kingdom -will be legally required to install age verification controls, the BBC reported.

The government aims to force all porn sites to have age-verification checks by April 2018, according to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

To appoint a regulator, Digital Minister Hancock is expected to create a formal statement and present it to the House of Commons.

"All this means that while we can enjoy the freedom of the web, the United Kingdom have the most robust internet child protection measures of any country in the world".

An NSPCC report in 2016 said online pornography could damage a child's development and decision-making and had been seen by 65% of 15-16 year olds and 48% of 11-16 year olds.

"The NSPCC is calling for social networks to be required by law to give under-18s safe accounts with extra protections built in, so that children are kept as safe online as they are in the real world".

"Steps like this to help restrict access, alongside the provision of free parental controls and education, are key", he said, the Guardian reports.

"Protecting children from exposure, including accidental exposure, to adult content is incredibly important, given the effect it can have on young people".

"It is essential to help parents and carers, as well as young people, be more aware of this risk and what they can do to prevent exposure and also to make sense of exposure if it happens".

"The Government has repeatedly refused to ensure that there is a legal duty for age verification providers to protect the privacy of web users", executive director Jim Killock said. "There is also nothing to ensure a free and fair market for age verification". "Age verification could lead to porn companies building databases of the UK's porn habits, which could be vulnerable to Ashley Madison style hacks".

The study found 28% of children may have stumbled across pornography while browsing, while 19% had searched for it deliberately.