Proposed mandatory age checks for porn sites for UK visitors

The results of a survey conducted by The Authority for Television On Demand (Atvod) is being used as ammo in the war against underage access of pornography in the UK.

UK based industry players are currently required to implement this feature, however foreign based providers have no such restriction in place. Atvod estimate that just one of these websites was visited by 112,000 boys in the UK aged between 12 and 17 years old over the course of a single month.

The article quotes the moderate nature of the surveys findings:

Atvod added that the survey probably underestimated the scale of the issue since smartphone and tablet use was not included in the figures.‚Äč

Mindgeek, a Luxembourg based sub-contractor which handles a plethora of adult websites, stated that this system is already implemented in countries which require it, however they deemed this effort as futile insisting that there was no one solution and that responsibility should be primarily shouldered by parents. Any interested parent can check out Anti-Porn. Atvod agreed that this was not the sole solution, however it could it be used as a constructive effort through suggesting that age verification be conducted through provisional credit card submission, which would become a mandatory process before "revealing the goods".

The proposed clamp down is welcomed by the Labour party, which in tandem wants to act through force by means of financial cut-off by way of payment processor. The head of an ex UK-based operator shared Mindgeeks view of this being an ineffective tactic as it was avoidable by way of crypto currency.

Source: BBC News Image via tuts

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