The BBFC, which is overseeing the so-called "porn ban", says it will instead focus on mainstream websites that attract lots of users. It means that Brits will still be able to access potentially huge s of small, lesser-known porn sites.
Yesterday, the Government announced that Brits would have to hand over ID to access porn sites from July 15 this year. This means that the BBFC will focus its efforts on larger sites — potentially leaving smaller ones to operate without age-checks.
The Digital Economy Act does cover more than just websites — and will include access to adult apps too. But the BBFC said its "primary focus will be on commercial pornographic websites with high volumes of traffic". It's part of the Digital Economy Actand is ostensibly aimed at preventing children from accidentally finding extreme porn online.
From July 15, porn sites will be expected to introduce an age-checking system from one of a of third-party providers. If the BBFC discovers a porn site that isn't age-checking users to a satisfactory standard, it can impose penalties. This includes completely banning websites for UK users so that no one in Britain can access them — of any age. Speaking to The Sun, a DCMS spokesperson said: "This is a world-leading step forward to protect our children from adult content which is currently far too easy to access online.
The Sun understands that adult websites will be given a grace period to begin enforcing the new rules.
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The block was originally expected to come into force back in Aprilbut was pushed back to December that same year. The Government then pushed the launch back again, with the expectation that it would come into force in early April — before Easter. InMargot James, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, said that "we can expect it to be in force by Easter of next year". The BBFC, which is regulating the site, said that there will be "an implementation period before the law comes into force". The controversial porn block will restrict access to adult websites, including free porn sites like PornHub and YouPorn — which attract nearly 2billion visits a month between them worldwide.
They'll a of other sites in using the AgeID system, which requires users to verify their age via an official form of ID such as a driver's or passport. From April, when the new system is expected to launch, randy internet lurkers will be shown a non-pornographic "landing ", according to AgeID spokesman James Clark.
When someone first clicks on a site, they'll be asked to register with AgeID and verify their age using a Mobile SMS, credit card, passport, or driving licence.
Proof of age
Users will then be able to use their AgeID username or password to access all porn sites that use AgeID — though some may use different age verification systems. Clark said: "It is a one-time verification. Once a user has age verified once, on ANY site protected by AgeID, they will then simply pass-through or to any other site using AgeID without needing to re-verify.
Last month, The Sun exclusively revealed how the porn block risked creating a "sex tape black market" on social media, chat apps and even USB sticks. He warned that teens risk being pushed onto more extreme material as they skirt the ban — and said that the blocking system won't stop children accidentally seeing smut online either. That's because the BBFC will be focusing on "mainstream" porn sites, but won't tackle smaller sites or social media apps like Twitter or Reddit.
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Ministers have implied that the job was so difficult it warranted additional time to get right — but internet rights experts think snuffing out porn is an impossible task. He also warned that it will "increase risky behaviour" like using "free proxy sites" that might install spyware on your phone or computer. It's also possible that the porn block could drive Brits underground into extreme corners of the internet.
BBFC Chief Executive David Austin said: "The introduction of age-verification to restrict access to commercial pornographic websites to adults is a ground breaking child protection measure. Age-verification will help prevent children from accessing pornographic content online and means the UK is leading the way in internet safety.
The Sun recently revealed creepy "candid feet" s on Facebook where pervs swap pics of unsuspecting women's toes. Last year, The Sun exposed a huge cache of porn on YouTube that the tech giant had failed to take down. We also warned over Instagram sex hashtags that allowed perverts to circulate hardcore pornography on the app. We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team?
us at tips the-sun. We pay for videos too. in. All Football. Sean Keach. Unlocking porn on your local high street. There's an alternative to handing over your details online As well as registering with AgeID, Brits will also be able to access porn sites using a voucher you can buy from high street shops.
Thousands of shops will offer the special ID cards, which users can link to an app known as Portes. Through Portes, they can then to sites without having to hand over their address. A unique validation code on the purchased card must be activated via the Portes app within 24 hours, otherwise it'll expire, he added. Verified users will then automatically be granted access to all sites using AgeID.
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