Porn ID checks to begin in April 2018

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And those with the software will have to check visitors' credit card details so as to confirm their ages.

The UK has made a decision to increase age verification efforts in the country for pornography websites and is expected to implement the process through legal methods on Monday.

The U.K.'s Digital minister Matt Hancock, who will outline the plans in parliament on Monday, said: "Now we are taking the next step to put in place the legal requirement for websites with adult content to ensure it is safely behind an age verification control".

The use of credit cards is now employed by gambling sites in order to verify the age of users, but enforcing such a rule brings with it multiple risks.

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Measures to force pornography sites to check the age of United Kingdom viewers will be announced this week, signaling the next step in a government crackdown on adult online content.

The aim is for all online pornography to have age verification controls by April 2018 along with the appointment of a new regulatory body to oversee and enforce it, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said.

According to a BBC report, the British Board of Film Classification could take on the role of determining which sites require age verification.

According to research by Middlesex University, about 53% of 11- to 16-year-olds have seen explicit material online, almost all of whom (94%) had seen it by 14.

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The NSPCC's study found that 48 per cent of 11- to 16-year-olds had viewed online pornography, which experts say is highly damaging to children's development and can cause lasting harm.

"All this means that while we can enjoy the freedom of the web, the United Kingdom will have the most robust internet child protection measures of any country in the world", he said.

Childnet's chief executive of internet safety Will Gardner has also shown his interest in the matter by making a statement on the issue. "It is essential to help parents and carers, as well as young people, be more aware of this risk and what they can do to prevent exposure".

In a statement about the new rules, Executive Director of the Open Rights Group, Jim Killock, mentioned that MindGeek, which owns Pornhub, might end up dominating (no pun intended) the age verification process with the system it has built. We are concerned that the porn company MindGeek will become the Facebook of age verification, dominating the United Kingdom market. "Sex education would genuinely protect young people, as it would give them information and context".

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