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dailydot.com - 6 days ago

U.K.'s new age verification system may impact your porn viewing habits

It’s about to become a lot harder for teens to watch porn over the internet.
The U.K. has just passed one of the most comprehensive underage pornography laws in the West, forcing adult content hosts to provide age verification systems to vet out users under 18. Once the law goes into effect, it may begin impacting porn usage in the U.S., too. Under 2017’s Digital Economy Act, websites that sell pornography on a commercial basis will be forced to prevent users under 18 from accessing mature content by April 2018. After that, any website that does not comply will be heavily fined and blocked by internet service providers. “Protecting children from exposure, including accidental exposure, to adult content is incredibly important, given the effect it can have on young people,” said Will Gardner, chief executive of child internet usage charity Childnet, according to CNBC. BBC News suggests that websites may implement a credit card check, confirming a user’s age through external details. And while the law targets websites that sell pornography commercially, it also has a loose interpretation of adult material sold on a “commercial basis.”
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