Government censors have announced that legislation will be introduced by the end of 2014 that will require British adult websites to verify the age of visitors.
Government internet censors at the Department of Censorship, Media and Sport have announced their intention to initiate legislation that will require age verification by credit card (not debit cards, which are used for the large majority of porn
purchases). Alternatively visitors can provide highly personal details that are simply best not provided to porn sites).
Unfortunately there is currently no other viable technology that allows viewers to conveniently and safely verify their age.
However Chris Ratcliff of TVX, speaking for the Adult Provider Network, an adult trade group representing 30 adult companies, said that a system is being developed that will hopefully allow some level of security and privacy for viewers. It seems that
age can be verified once, hopefully by a trusted party, and this will provide a token that can be conveniently used to gain access to British adult websites.
Unfortunately this will not be available until the end of 2015.
In the meantime it looks likely that British adult websites will be hit impossibly hard, and that British customers will be driven overseas, at least until the DCMS can come up with a practical way to try and stop this too,
Perhaps Brits would be advised to download enough porn in the next 8 months to last a lifetime...just in case.
Comment: Laughing at an Etonian Pillock
21st April 2014. From Alan
How is Cameron proposing to identify a British porn site? Many general sites use models/actors/actresses from several countries. A site based in California that includes some pics/vids of British models is likely to laugh at the Etonian pillock.
Most sites price in US dollars and use foreign-based payment processors, most obviously CC BIll. All such processors promise discretion, not indicating to credit card providers the nature of the service provided. One hopes they would tell Cameron to take
a running jump.
The worst case scenario is that totally innocuous organizations will have payments blocked by over-zealous twats like the idiot in Oxford who didn't know what a passion play is. Come to think of, that might actually be the BEST case scenario :--
if sanctimonious authoritarians succeed in stopping payments to a breast cancer awareness campaign or researchers into erectile dysfunction, it would make censorship a laughing stock.