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'The UK porn block'

First announced in 2015, it looks as though the government has dusted off its plans to make porn websites carry out checks requiring UK users to provide passport and credit card details for example to prove that they are over 18. Writing this in early 2022, it's a hot topic and legislation to watch. It varies but it's estimated that at least a third of the British population watch porn.

Even if the Online Safety Bill comes into law, restricting underage access to porn is technically tricky, not least of all who holds your data, and whether you're prepared to be 'verified' in the first place. It's also a privacy timebomb and a treasure trove for hackers or blackmailers, especially for LGBT+ users.

Draft Online Safety Bill | GOV.UK | 21 May 2021

Tory bid to revive failed ‘porn-block’ ban could put LGBT+ users at risk, critics warn | Pink News | 8 Feb 2022
Porn websites will be legally required to verify users' age in new robust checks | Mirror | 8 Feb 2022
New UK rules could force people to provide ID before using Reddit or Google in attempt to stop children viewing pornography, campaigners warn | Independent | 8 Feb 2022
Online safety law to be strengthened to stamp out illegal content | UK.GOV | 4 Feb 2022
Tory bid to revive failed ‘porn-block’ ban could put LGBT+ users at risk, critics warn | Pink News | 8 Feb 2022
Restricting underage access to porn and gambling sites: a good idea, but technically tricky | The Conversation | 10 Mar 2020
The UK porn block, explained | Wired | 16 Oct 2019
Porn: All you need to know about the UK's porn block for under 18s | BBC | 27 Apr 2018
A grown-up conversation about children and porn online starts here | The Conversation | 17 Feb 2017
Tories promise to enforce age limits on online pornography | The Guardian | 4 Apr 2015

Porn | MENRUS.CO.UK

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