A new ban on pornography will go into effect and will require individuals to use their ID’s to access any adult content. This past Monday the House of Commons announced that anyone using a British IP address will have to verify their age with official government documents (ID).
The Digital Economy Act 2017 will essentially block persons under the age of 18 from view all adult content online. The new law will require United Kingdom users to provide certain information from their credit card, driver’s license or a page age verification card.
The Act was delayed for a year so that the British Board of Film Classification could work out how to implement the new rules.
Porn sites that don’t adhere to the new rule could be fined £250,000 or have their site blocked from certain internet providers.
Stuart Lawley, CEO of AVSecure an age verification service confirmed the changes will go into effect around April 2019.
“The BBFC will look at the methods age verification systems use to verify people are 18, so for instance, a name and address wouldn’t be enough—but a scan of a driving license or a credit card and CVV number would be OK.”
Don’t feel left out!
Just last month Starbucks announced that it will begin blocking pornography at all of its U.S. locations. Starbucks will use a censor filter on its WiFi access and customers will not be able to access any adult content.
This past month Tumblr announced that it will no longer allow adult content after their filters failed to catch and delete child pornography. The new ban went into effect December 17thand users have left Tumblr in protest.
At Notre Dame University male students started a petition to create a porn filter for the entire campus. Harvard, Princeton, and UPenn are looking at blocking porn as well on their campuses.
It appears that internet censorship is taking hold in several counties. This might be a long and drawn out fight.