DAILYKENN.com -- In the age prior to impending embedded verification chips, governments need an alternative to control us.
Great Britain is at the vanguard imposing such controls. Specifically, individuals will be required to prove they are older than 18 to access websites deemed controversial by the government.
Initially, sites offering access to pornography will be affected. Viewers will be required to use a third-party verification system to prove they are 18-years-old or older. The change is expected April 1, 2019.
(Now if we could only convince the UK government to be equally sensitive to child victims of Islamic grooming gangs.)
In time governments will almost certainly consider other content to be too detrimental to young minds for undisclosed access. We expect this stage will include website that offer access to "far right" content. Going forward we anticipate governments forbidding access to anyone at any age to unapproved or "licensed" sites.
From wired.com ▼ Matt Burgess
A big change in porn is coming. After years of political wrangling and delays, age checks are about to be introduced on all pornographic websites accessed from the UK.
The new requirements come as part of the Digital Economy Act and are due to come into force imminently. The government has yet to announce a date but it is expected the changes will start rolling out in April.
Under the Act, websites hosting pornography will be required to stop UK users from accessing pictures, video and text unless they can prove they are over 18. The law has been introduced by the government as an attempt to stop children accessing explicit content online but critics have questioned the security of user data collected for verification purposes.
Here's how the system will work. When a UK IP address attempts to access a website with pornographic content, the person browsing the web will have to verify themselves. It's up to each individual porn website to implement the technology that allows people to prove they're old enough to view the material. The main requirement is that once a porn website is opened it has to show a static landing page that doesn't show any explicit images.
The responsibility of checking that adult websites have installed ways for people to prove they're 18 falls upon the UK's film regulator: the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). The BBFC has largely left it up to porn websites to pick how they prove people are 18. And because of this, a number of different options are available
The companies behind the age verification tech say they aren't able to say which websites their tech will be used on before the porn law comes into effect. Here's what we know so far and how the systems will work. We'll update this page when more information is released.
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