Posted by Latest Headlines The Free Thought Project on July 17, 2017 11:41 am

UK Citizens Will Now Be Forced to Identify Themselves Online Before Viewing Porn

In one of the most invasive moves by the state in recent history, the UK government will now require internet users to verify their identity before being able to access online porn.

In an Orwellian move — ostensibly made to ‘protect the children’ — the UK government is set to announce that by April 2018, people in the UK will have to prove they are 18 before being allowed access to porn websites. What could possibly go wrong?

As the BBC reported on Monday, websites will be legally required to install age verification controls by April 2018 as part of a move to make the internet safer for children.

If a porn site refuses to go along with this Orwellian move, they will be essentially banned from the internet by rules set out in the Digital Economy Act.

According to the BBC:

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Under the plans, firms supplying payment and other services to the pornography websites could be notified about any breach.

A regulatory body will be asked to oversee and enforce the new rules.

It is thought this could be the British Board of Film Classification which already sets age limits for films and computer games.

‘Most robust protection’

Digital minister Matt Hancock will formally begin the process, which was the subject of a 2016 consultation during David Cameron’s government, in a written statement to the Commons later.

Mr Hancock said: “All this means that while we can enjoy the freedom of the web, the UK will have the most robust internet child protection measures of any country in the world.”

“Steps like this to help restrict access, alongside the provision of free parental controls and education, are key,” Will Gardner, from internet safety charity Childnet said.

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