Age verification law proposed for websites to keep out under 18s

The United Kingdom is on the verge of becoming the first democratic country in the world to restrict access to online pornography by requiring commercial pornography websites to introduce age verification to keep out under 18s.

This will apply even to the so-called “free” sites. Any that fail to introduce age verification can be fined and, ultimately, be blocked from publishing into this country.

This is a highly practical and pragmatic approach to online child protection. 

It was a Conservative Party Manifesto commitment at the last General Election. To give effect to it the Government inserted clauses into the Digital Economy Bill. The Bill completed its passage through the House of Commons on 28th November. It is now with the House of Lords and is expected to become law in February, 2017, although the commencement date is likely to be some time after that to…

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