UK newsagents and corner shops to sell 'porn pass' containing access code for adult sites

UK newsagents and corner shops to sell ‘porn pass’ containing access code for adult sites

The ‘porn pass’ system is designed to allow adults to visit over-18 websites anonymously.

 

Adults in the United Kingdom who wish to view adult websites will be required to purchase a special code at high street newsagents to prove they are over 18 when new age verification laws are implemented later this year.

UK newsagents and corner shops to sell 'porn pass' containing access code for adult sitesA 16-digit code – or ‘porn pass’ – will be one option available to the estimated 25 million Britons who regularly visit adult websites and so will be required to prove they are not under age.

The move, part of new legislation being drawn up, is an attempt by the Government to prevent children accessing obscene online material.

The 16-digit porn pass cards will allow browsers to avoid giving personal details online when asked to prove their age.

Instead, they would show shopkeepers a passport or driving licence when buying the porn pass.

The UK’s film censor, the British Board of Film Classification, carried out a public consultation ahead of age-verification laws that are to be introduced this year that will require viewers to prove they are over 18 when viewing certain sites.

The mechanism for age verification is being left to the private sector. but the BBFC is overseeing its implementation.

The new legislation was originally intended to go into effect in April but was pushed back amid concerns it was not yet fit for purpose.

According to the Telegraph, a spokesman for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said, “We are making age verification compulsory for commercial porn sites, as part of our work to make the internet a safer place for children. But we need to take the time to make sure we get it right if it’s going to work, and it will come into effect later this year.”

ht: The Telegraph / The Independent

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