Will age verification stop children's access porn? Can age verification ever really stop underage people, children and minors in the UK accessing porn? It seems like the debate whether or not to introduce age verification techniques to adult content on the Internet has been kicked around Parliament forever. There is a good reason for this. While nobody disputes that protecting minors from explicit material online is a bad thing, the new laws do raise some serious concerns regarding privacy and data security. Earlier this year, the government had announced that a Digital Economy Act would be enforced, introducing stringent regulations on profitable websites which showcase pornography. On the 15th of July 2019, the UK was set to become the first country to implement age verification for online adult content. However, as the UK failed to inform the EU of this decision, the new law will be delayed for a further six months. Certain websites have a higher chance of being blocked, removed or even charged if they are unable to prove that individuals can not access the adult content if they're under the age of 18. Under the new law, it will be illegal to make pornographic material readily available and so websites must confirm that the age of all visitors have been verified and are therefore older than 18. To prove their ages, users must display their email address or a form of documentation that verifies their identity such as passports, driving licenses or even their mobile phone number.
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