Britain claimed that it will be the first country in the world for initiating age-verification for accessing online pornography. The latest law, which approaches into power on 15th July, will require merchandising providers of internet pornography for checking on user’s ages to confirm that they are 18 or over. Digital Minister Margot James said in a statement, “adult content is currently far too easy for children to access online ” approaching the mandatory scheme “a world-first”.

Websites which fail to execute the verification technology could have payment services pulled back or blocked for the UK users, as per the information from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

It is the latest step by British authorities to crack down on the extension of online abuses and crimes. The government declared proposals earlier this month for making social media bosses personally responsible for lethal content and shut down distressing platforms.

The latest move to bring in age-verification for pornography pursues public consultation and law-making debate on the issue in last year.

Research organized as part of that reach further than found that 88 percent of parents with children aged 7 to 17 aided with new controls as per DCMS. The department commanded the range of checks to be distributed by providers would be “rigorous” and go beyond users simply fixing their date of birth or checking a box.

They could add using traditional identity documents online, such as credit cards and passports, as well as digital IDs or cards preserved in stores “ where the verification is face-to-face”.

The British Board of Film Classification will be accountable for certifying compliance.

The government said it had “listened carefully” to privacy concerns and was clear the arrangements should only be treated with checking age – not identity.

Therefore BBFC will also create  – in cooperation with industry -a voluntary certification scheme for assessing the data security standards of the providers.

A non-profit organization concerned with internet matters, online child safety, welcomed the government approaching the issue but also resonated a warning note.

CEO Carolyn Bunting said, “we must recognize that digital solutions aren’t the only answer ”.

He also added, “there is no substitute to having regular and honest conversations with your child about what they’re getting up to online ”.

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