Porn sites serving United Kingdom to need age verification process

Information Commissioner Ms Denham also highlighted concerns about any age verification that required the collection and retention of documents such as a copy of passports, driving licences, or other documents vulnerable to misuse or attractive to disreputable third parties.

It’s now unclear how the new laws will be policed but websites that don’t apply the age-restriction measures could face large fines and the threat of being blocked from the UK. One million children access pornography websites each month, according to estimates.

To further improve online security, the United Kingdom government is also reported to nominate a regulatory division for monitoring such activities.

Regulation may be handled by the British Board of Film Classification, but obviously questions remain about what type of content will be considered pornographic, and what types of sites with user-hosted content will be exempt.

The new age verification requirement will go into place in April 2018, U.K. Minister of State for Digital Matt Hancock announced on Monday.

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

To step up the age verification process for pornography websites, the United Kingdom government may ask website owners to verify a user’s age through a credit card verification as such cards are only provided to people who are 18 and above.

The wobbly, squabbling, minority Tory government-propped up by Northern Ireland’s DUP-has laid before MPs its first commencement order for the recently passed Digital Economy Act, in which it confirmed that an age checker system for access to porn sites will be brought in next spring.

The new Government powers will apply to both free and paid-for websites set up by commercial porn companies, as well as sites hosted overseas.

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. “It is essential to help”.

According to a report a year ago by the NSPCC, children are more prone to check out such explicit websites when they are able to access them without any restrictions.

The aim is to prevent children from being exposed to pornography online, which child protection charities warn can have damaging effects on their development.