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Mar 12, 2018

UK government delays roll-out of controversial age verification porn laws

The UK government is delaying plans to introduce compulsory age checks for people accessing porn online. The policy was scheduled to go into action this April, but the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) now says age checks will only be enforceable “by the end of the year.” Sites that do not introduce age checks will be blocked by ISPs and face fines of up to £250,000 ($350,000).

The policy has been controversial since its unveiling in July 2017. Privacy advocate warn that the law essentially creates a database of the UK’s porn habits controlled by the industry. (”If it gets hacked, can British citizens ever trust the government again with their data?” one lawyer told BBC News.) While the companies who will have to...

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