Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

'Porn passes' could be sold in newsagents

'Porn passes' could be sold in newsagents

The British government has been in a relentless moral pursuit of the porn industry for some time now - last year, it passed the Digital Economy Act to enforce strict rules for accessing porn sites, as a way of preventing people under the age of 18 viewing adult content. Instead, they will show shopkeepers identification such as a passport or driving licence when buying the pass.

One possibility being developed is a proof-of-age card - dubbed the "porn pass" - which would carry a 16-digit code that over-18's could buy on the high street in order to access adult material online, the BBFC has confirmed.

Parliament will need to pass any new laws made on the basis of the BBFC's public consultation before they come in to play in the UK.

It was previously suggested that credit card details could be used by porn outlets for age-checking, much like gambling websites.

The passes are being discussed by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) as one potential solution to new laws due to come into effect later this year, which will force all porn sites available in the United Kingdom to enforce age checks to ensure viewers are over the age of 18. They're expected to go into force at the end of the year.

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While the new rules are created to protect children, it will mean that an estimated 56 per cent of United Kingdom adults who in 2014 admitted to watching porn "occasionally" will still have to prove their age.

"The kids will beat the technology, and adults could have their details hacked".

However, an Internet security expert told the Sunday Telegraph the new rules are a "digital white elephant". "Nobody is lined up to guarantee the trustworthiness of the companies which provide age verification and confirm someone's age to a porn site".

"A wide variety of online age verification solutions exist, or are in development, and they will have to abide by these high standards", the spokesperson added. "There is no need for the age-verification provider to pass on any personal details to a pornographic website nor to store personal data".

The BBFC will not create the new age verification systems but will oversee their implementation.

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