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Controversial age check for British porn sites may be delayed

2019-06-20T03:42:26.582Z

The controversial rule for porn sites in the United Kingdom (UK), requiring them to check the age of visitors from 15 July, is likely to be postponed indefinitely. The legislation in the country would be contrary to the regulations of the European Commission (EC).



The controversial rule for porn sites in the United Kingdom (UK), requiring them to check the age of visitors from 15 July, is likely to be postponed indefinitely. The legislation in the country would be contrary to the regulations of the European Commission (EC).

The EC would not have been informed of 'essential details' of the new measure. On Thursday morning the British Secretary of State for digital media, culture and sport Jeremy Wright will inform the Lower House about this.

If it actually comes to a delay, setting the rule is likely to be a job for the new English prime minister, who is currently being elected.

The UK wanted to prevent people under the age of 18 from gaining access to porn sites, or sites on which (sexual) commercial images, audio material or pornographic texts are offered.

'Viewer's privacy is at stake'

According to the British government, the UK would be the first country in the world where such a measure would come into effect. However, since the announcement, the system has been under fire because it could not guarantee the privacy of the viewer.

In addition, it would not be effective, because a VPN service can be used to bypass the age check.

The sites had to check the age, for example by requesting identity documents. 'Porn passes' would also be sold.

See also: Porn sites must check the age of British visitors from July 15

Source: nunl

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