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Porn websites must prove users are 18 or risk being banned in UK

Porn websites must prove users are 18 or risk being banned in UK

Sites face being banned in the United Kingdom if they fail to comply with tough new regulations set to be announced by the Government on Monday.

The government really is going to try to limit internet porn by forcing sites to check the age of users, with web sites made to install age-verification tools to check viewers are over the age of 18 or face a £250,000 fine.

Digital Minister Matt Hancock on Monday signed the act's commencement order, dictating that, among other things, websites hosting adult content must soon verify that visitors are of legal age to view such content.

Digital minister Matt Hancock said in a written statement to the Commons: "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".

"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".

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A regulator will enforce the new rules and will have the power to ask internet service providers to block access to sites that flout the regulations.

The government is set to bring a regulator in to check that sites are following its guidelines, with it believed that the British Board of Film Classification - which also rates films and video games in the United Kingdom - will be made responsible.

To appoint a regulator, Digital Minister Hancock is expected to create a formal statement and present it to the House of Commons. Steps like this to help restrict access, alongside the provision of free parental controls and education, are key. The report also stated that 65% of 15-16 years old and 48% of 11-16 years olds had seen pornography.

A 2016 study found that 28 percent of British children had found online pornography accidentally, while 19 percent had hunted it out deliberately. "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". Critics say the legislation is draconian and breaches the right to privacy.

Reacting to this latest development, ORG executive director Jim Killock said: "Age verification could lead to porn companies building databases of the UK's porn habits, which could be vulnerable to Ashley Madison style hacks". "Despite repeated warnings, parliament has failed to listen to concerns about the privacy and security of people who want to watch legal adult content. Sex education would genuinely protect young people, as it would give them information and context".

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