UK world’s 1st country to verify age of people watching porn online

The legal age to access most adult content in most countries is 18. Whether you want to watch porn, film a sex tape, buy the jada stevens pussy or a dildo, you need to be 18+. And with things like sex toys, this is easy to monitor. Those who don’t look old enough to buy adult products can easily be ID’d but this is much harder to do online. Porn sites just need to add a button asking to verify the visitor that they are over 18 and that’s it. This means that, on average, teenagers are 13 when they first get exposed to porn online.

But this may be changing as the United Kingdom will become the first country in the world to demand age verification for people viewing pornography online when new checks come into force in three months’ time. From July 15, commercial providers of online pornography will have to carry out age checks on users to ensure they are 18 or over. Websites that break the new law risk having their payment services withdrawn or being blocked in Britain.

Porn websites that sell adult content, or provide it free of charge but earn money from advertising, will have to employ companies that provide age checks. Various verification methods will be available, including the offline purchase of viewing passes in shops or using a passport or credit card online.

Sites where porn accounts for less than a third of content will be exempted from the new requirements, as long as they do not market themselves as having pornographic content.

Government officials acknowledge the use of virtual private networks, which mask the location of a computer, will make it possible to skirt the age checks but say the main aim of the law is to make it harder for children to access or stumble upon porn.

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