UK newsstands will sell ‘porn passes’ to verify ages under new laws

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Last year, Britain approved the Digital Economy Act 2017, which included strict new rules regarding access to pornographic websites. When the law goes into effect later this year, regulators have suggested that users will be able to purchase a so-called “porn pass,” from their local newsstand to verify their age.

The law will require websites to verify the users ages, or face stiff penalties. Those who don’t comply risk being blocked by internet service providers, and would face fines of up to £250,000 ($350,000). However, the implementation of those rules have been delayed to give the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) more time to draft its guidelines. Once it does so, those new guidelines will require approval from Parliament.

The government has said that industry will be responsible to create the verification software, with platforms such as MindGeek’s AgeID cited as one way to verify a user’s age. However, there are concerns about the implications for privacy under such a framework, and The Telegraph reports that the BBFC is suggesting a more anonymous option: their local newsstand. The stores would sell a “porn pass,” a 16-digit code for around £10, and would require a driver’s license or passport to verify the buyer’s age. That method wouldn’t require someone to enter their personal information into an online database. In 2015, the Digital Police Alliance suggested that websites utilize “information already on the books” to carry out these checks, such as post offices or wireless providers.

A spokesperson for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, which is responsible for the legislation, said that it is in the process of “implementing some of the strictest data protection laws in the world,” and that the range of verification options will have to abide by those standards.

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Bwahahaha!

Also, why shouldn’t a 15 year old be allowed to watch porn and how do you determine what age is appropriate for porn?

Well the law is set at 18, as it has been for decades. There are obviously arguments to be made that it could be lower but that’s the way it is.

"That’s the way it is" doesn’t really justify why it is that way.

Many absurd rules were and are "law" for a long time, too.

Coming from mainland Europe I´d ask myself the same question on drinking alcohol in the US. I mean, 21? I had my first beer at 15 and a glass of wine at 16. An I am no alcoholic – I probably drink 10 bottles of wine and 30 beer a year.
Some places come up with crazy laws.

It’s actually the individual states in the US that set the age to 21. The Feds just give them incentive to do so.

"incentive" = "You’re not getting funding for X unless you set the drinking age to 21"

Agreed. You can get married, join the military and be deployed to a warzone, but clearly you don’t have the maturity to buy a beer afterward.

If where you live doesn’t have the best Water, Alcohol is the safe alternative. The U.S., in general, has pretty safe drinking water, with a few exceptions.

you forgot the "/s" mate

This sounds absolutely nuts. Any 15 year old will find a way around this in minutes with a little help from Google

You’re thinking too high-tech. Teens will just ask people to buy it for them from their corner store like they do alcohol and cigarettes. All the prudes can pretend their kids are "protected", and the kids will continue to find a way around it.

So they’ll pay for free porn rather than using a shitty free vpn?
Have you even met a teenager before?

It doesn’t even have to be shitty or "high-tech"/complicated to set up.

Just use Opera and its built in, free VPN = Problem solved. Takes about a minute to download and set up and it’s fast enough for HD streaming.

Why is everyone assuming they’ll even manage to shut down non-compliant sites?

I think the idea is to do it on the ISP side.

They’ve been trying this with torrent/ streaming sites for years. Worst comes to worst we’ll just have to download our porn from ruTracker!

A VPN normally has a monthly subscription. If you can pay a small fee once and get around it, seems like a better option.

Unless they block people from buying more than one per driving license

So, if you lose the 16 digit code, you’re forever blocked from seeing mature content? I doubt it.

To do that they would have to store a database of purchases, which they’re not going to do

Or just grad a code from PasteBin. These’ll be shared everywhere.

Mindblowing stupidity.

Only people this will effect are older people that aren’t tech-savy. They’ll buy their passes, the government will have another way to profit and the kids will get around it. Whenever anything got blocked at our school we’d find a way around it no problem at all.

Ya, it’a really just a PORN TAX!!! Hey look, the Government found another way to tax PORN.

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