Government creating new laws to suffocate British businesses selling to adults…When will politicians ever do anything useful, like funding a convenient and free age verification system that businesses will then be keen to use?

Posted: 29 October, 2014 in Age Verification
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DCMS logo Porn websites will be forced to check users are over 18 under a new crackdown to stop children accessing explicit material.

Mobile phone companies and credit card firms will have to ensure that someone proves they are aged 18 or over before being given access to adult websites.

Now it has emerged that plans are being drawn up to force adult websites to carry out checks on the age of users. It would cover pornography sites, as well as those selling guns and other age-restricted material, the Sunday Times reported.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is working on the plans with Treasury minister Andrea Leadsom, who oversees regulation of the banking system.

However, the new rules would only cover UK-based websites to begin with.  It is already nearly impossible to run a British adult website due to onerous age verification rules and critics have noted that only one of the 1,266 adult websites visited from the UK in December 2013 was a service that is regulated in this country.

It seems very unlikely that these new rules will have any impact onthe availability of porn to children. Even if new downloadswere stopped tomorrow there’s probably already enough knocking around and hard drives and memory sticks to last several lifetimes of playgroundswopsies. The only effect it will have is to add to the mountain of red tape, administrative costs and restrictive regulations that is impoverishing the west.

Offsite Comment: Why age checks on porn sites will do more harm than good

28th October 2014. See  article from  telegraph.co.uk by Martin Daubney

Telegraph logo The Government’s plan to introduce age verification checks only shows that politicians remain too scared to approach the porn problem in a meaningful manner.

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