UK Porn Blocked...

UK Porn Blocked...

The new UK age restriction on pornography will come into effect July of this year.

To ensure users are 18 and over, ‘robust’ checks will need to be done by any commerical provider of an online pornography. But research done by Privacy watchdog Open Rights Group describes that the data protection placed to protect consumers is ’vague, imprecise and largely a ‘tick box’ exercise’.

With the new age verification measures being introduced on the 15th of July, recent YouGov poll has shown that 76 percent of the British public are unaware of the ID checks being introduced. “With one month until rollout, the UK porn block is a privacy timebomb” the reported stated.

Estimated that 20 million adults in the UK watch porn, meaning the scale of any privacy breaches could be vast.

Due to the sensitive nature of the age verification data, there needs to be a higher standard of protection than the baseline offered by data protection legislation said Open Rights Group executive Jim Killock.

“The British Broad of Film Classification's (BBFC) standard is supposed to deliver this. However, it is a voluntary standard, which offers little information about the level of data protection being offered and provides no means of redress if companies fail to live up to it.”

Mr Killock said the standard was, therefore “pointless and misleading”.

The UK government claims the new measures are necessary in order to prevent and protect young adults and children from accessing adult content online.

“This is a world-leading step forward to protect our children from adult content which is currently far too easy to access online,” a spokesperson for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said earlier this year.

Many have noted that the new rules are unlikely to prevent tech-savvy children from reaching these restricted sites. When the date for the identity check was announced in April there was a flow of interest in the technology that would allow people to bypass them. With online searches for virtual private networks (VPNs) tripling in the hours that followed the government announcing this change.

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