UK To Block Adult Sites Starting April, 2018 If They Don’t Have ID Checks
UK Digital Ecnomy Act
(Last Updated On: July 18, 2017)

The United Kingdom’s Digital Economy Act is set to go into operation and apply its measures in full swing starting April, 2018 next year. The updated enactment regulations set forward by the United Kingdom’s legislative branch was published over on the official U.K., government website, where chapter 30 was made available, covering how the new regulatory body will address pornography and adult content on commercial websites over the course of the year.

In nine month’s time the regulatory body will be active, and websites that do not provide age checks or adult authentication services will be penalized, fined up to £250,000 (or have 5% of their qualifying income disbursed).

Back in October, 2016 when we first reported about this new measure, it was believed that the BBFC would be appointed as the regulatory body over this new age-check regulation but according to the BBC, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sports stated that the institution appointed regulatory responsibilities over the enforcement of the Digital Economy Act will be determined this fall…

“We are already working closely with DCMS to ensure the effective implementation of the act,”

The BBC article also notes that the language in the act states that beyond age checks, financial information could be used as a way to determine the authenticity of the user’s age when attempting to access pornographic material from an adult website.

Some opposition to the act have claimed that requesting for credit card or financial data to verify a user’s age is both irresponsible and dangerous, especially if shady or unverified websites are requesting credit card info in order to grant access to adult material.

The worries over security and personal identification being used against users in some nefarious way is not without warrant. Data protection and privacy concerns is frequently in the news, such as Ars Technica reporting that Ashley Madison is coming under fire for not properly deleting user data for those who paid the extra fee for it, which has resulted in some hefty fines to users over the data breach and the lack of security provided for customers.

One security expert told BBC…

“There are hundreds of thousands of websites where this material can be accessed and you are not going to catch all of those.

 

“There’s privacy issues – you’re requiring people to effectively announce the fact they are looking at this material to the credit card authorities.

 

“And there’s serious security issues from requiring people to enter their credit card details into untrusted sites.

 

“They may well say there will be other magical ways to do the age check, but I very much doubt they will be non-discriminatory [against adults without credit cards], transparent, privacy-preserving and secure for end-users.”

According to the Digital Economy Act, if a website doesn’t comply with adding a verified age-check system to their site where they provide commercial pornography, the regulator has the authority to have the site blocked from internet users by enforcing ISPs to block the entire website, thus killing off its traffic. Sites must comply and ISPs must comply, or there will be fines handed out.

Applying the guidelines and revising the guidelines will require oversight from the U.K’s Secretary of State, but they do note that the fines will not exceed £250,000 per violation.

There’s no distinction between what sort of adult content or sexual material the Digital Economy Act refers to or will have regulatory empowerment over. However, since it seems to apply widely across any definition of “pornography”, this likely means that it will affect real life performers, SFM sites, along with anime and video game content as well.


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  • By Any

    If you give up your guns, this is what your society looks like in short order.

    The 2nd Amendment should really be the 1st Amendment, because without the weaponry to protect it you can’t have freedom of speech.

  • Michael Abdallah

    More importantly… anyone know who the girl in the cover picture is?

  • Pratim Gupta

    Liberalism in effect, what $hitload of Fu*k

  • durka durka

    insert “Eu could have protected you from this” here.

  • durka durka

    insert “Eu could have protected you from this” here.

  • Somewhat related, but it’s crap like this (not AlphaOmegaSin, but the body image “experts”) that only adds to the problem and causes these kind of legislations:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLFqwlw5uk0

  • Somewhat related, but it’s crap like this (not AlphaOmegaSin, but the body image “experts”) that only adds to the problem and causes these kind of legislations:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLFqwlw5uk0

    • durka durka

      You know what harms children? Confusing them with what gender and sexuality they should have when they are kids. Seriously you lay off that stuff and let them be KIDS and none of this would happen.

      We have seriously reached a point that unless everything is cut down, sanitized and passes a diversity checklist, it is somehow “problematic” and harms people.

      How about they screw off instead?

  • Alistair

    I really envy you lot in NA you got the 1st decree or whatever it called.

    We only got human rights agreements here in the U.K. And that is rather vague. and the next govt that says to me we are free and fair society I’m fucking go apeshit.

    Because we fucking Not.

    Edit: and for the record to the ones that want out of EU you will soon found out if you made the right choice, do you actually believe a new UK of human rights will spare us the internet censorship from the Nasty Tories hmmm. Think again.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ha_m30IFu0

    Here that other meme “evil kermit” watches a vid

  • Alistair

    You can contact the BBFC on twatter @BBFC make your feelings known.

    Edit: if enough people tweet at them, then who knows what may happen.

    One thing I will say about this, A. People will won’t watch porn ever again.

    B. people cards details are stolen then use stolen details for illegal Child porn you the card holder are responsible till you prove otherwise.

    & C. Just like with the video games a billion pound industry porn industry will be crashed too. If regressions have their way. It all down to them why we getting this.

  • Alistair

    You can contact the BBFC on twatter @BBFC make your feelings known.

    Edit: if enough people tweet at them, then who knows what may happen.

    One thing I will say about this, A. People will won’t watch porn ever again.

    B. people cards details are stolen then use stolen details for illegal Child porn you the card holder are responsible till you prove otherwise.

    & C. Just like with the video games a billion pound industry porn industry will be crashed too. If regressions have their way. It all down to them why we getting this.

    • Alistair

      Just to let you know I contacted them on twatter.

  • Alistair

    And speaking of hidden extras here it is enjoy your £15 worth of censored porn.

    That Matt Hancock forgot to mention. Under BBFC guidelines.

    Never mind the British board of film classification it’s really Going back to its roots. British board of Film censors.

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/living/2266135/what-are-the-uks-tough-new-online-porn-restrictions-and-how-will-they-affect-you/

    • Whoa, whoa, whoa… the Sun is kind of jumping the gun here. There’s nothing in the actual legislation about a £15 surcharge. For now they’re running with the panic by pumping out clickbait about the charge based on someone who supports the bill telling The Star that they could add a surcharge to the ID check measure.

      The bill itself makes no mention of this and there is no legitimate source linked to from The Star.

      This is not to say that the charge won’t exist, but I’m just saying that so far their sources are the equivalent of Kotaku’s anonymous tipsters.

      • Alistair

        It could be a pound even 2p the fact is it shouldn’t happen this bill isn’t thought out. If your card is stolen. You are responsible till you prove the police.

        That your card details was stolen, and use to download child porn. Nobody think of that eh.

        Censorship first and be damed later regressions left new motto.

        also did you read the extra stuff in the digital economy act. It the BBFC job to police and banned certain sex acts in porn film.

        So it is a two prong attack on freedom of speech and expression.

  • Alistair

    Oh very nice indeed not only you have to use your debit card/credit card billy but a £15 charge before you allow to watch, play porn very nice Not.

    That called extortion.

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/living/3501052/shocking-new-uk-porn-laws-could-force-you-to-verify-your-age-at-the-post-office-before-you-can-watch-adult-content/

    Edit: please read the sun as it also point out a interesting thing it also mentions that study after study shows there no evidence to prove video games and violence are linked.

    And the same apply to Porn.

    • study after study shows there no evidence to prove video games and violence are linked. And the same apply to Porn.

      Since when did ideologues and authoritarians ever took notice of factual, reasonable, unbiased and logical studies?

  • Alistair

    We all agree that there more to Age gateway thing.

    Say bye bye to extreme sex (immoral rough sex) e.g.: fisting, etc etc. I just hope they wash they fist afterwards lol 😂

  • Glad to see the britbong caliphate keeping tabs on the things that REALLY matter.

  • Keystone

    I’m sure a lot of their new “citizens” will be unhappy if beastiality sites get the axe.

    • As someone from the UK, is bestiality popular here?

      • Alistair

        And who to say ecchi/hentai games are safe, as both will be put under 1 basket the same with porn as adult entertainment.

        Especially nutaku as it does non adult ecchi games. It be hard to police to separate ecchi and hentai from 1 whole site. They may have to split the website into two.

  • Galbador

    One step closer to total world censorship, because if one country does it, others will follow. Thank you, UK. You go, sissy.

  • Daniel Ream

    The US didn’t melt down into slag when the CDA implemented the exact same thing in 1996. Age check services will pop up again overnight to handle the demand, and life will move on.

    Unlike the US, though, the UK lacks a 1st Amendment that would allow the repeal of the legislation. Better get used to it, limeys.

    • ThyPancakeConsumed

      One of the reasons why we cant just live our lives in peace and world is going to shit each and every day even more is because people like you are allowed to exist and reproduce.

    • I’m personally guessing it won’t be long before the details get hacked and leaked to the Darkweb, where someone will use said creds to buy child pornography.

      And who’ll get in trouble? The poor bastard who had his details stolen.

      The UK learnt nothing from Operation Ore by the looks of it.

      • Alistair

        I agree not just hidden extras like censorship, but can you trust websites to hold your card details on file.

        Who knows your card details was use to look at real child-porn. And blaming the govt won’t cut it as a valid excuse.

      • Daniel Ream

        Operation Ore/Avalanche has nothing to do with this; the problem there was a an expert witness and more than one investigator lying about their credentials and the details of their investigation. Had that not happened, the case would have gone nowhere.

        Getting your credit card hacked and used to do unsavory things is a risk of having a credit card and ever using it online, period. Mandating an entire business model into existence by legislative fiat is odious on the face of it, but given that you can be arrested for flying the flag of your own country in the UK there are much bigger liberty issues to be concerned about.

        • >Getting your credit card hacked and used to do unsavory things is a risk of having a credit card and ever using it online, period.

          That may be true, but places like Amazon where you use your details to buy things are going to be far more reputable than a porn site that may or may not have have appeared overnight, or take security seriously, or have some shady operator who secretly sells that information on the side, correct? (I’m thinking really crappy “free porn sites,” here.)

          Esp. when children could just, you know, steal their parents credit card from their wallet when they’re not looking.

          >Operation Ore/Avalanche has nothing to do with this […]

          And the reason I brought Operation Ore up is because used stolen credit card details were used by people to obtain child pornography. And unlike the U.S. where they actually determined if the people in question were the actual viewers, the British did not because *effort*. Instead the police outed thousands of people as those who bought that kind of stuff.

          And the price of that was some hundreds of innocent peoples who’s lives and reputations were ruined. Some of which commited suicide as a result…

          All that said, could there be a mass rise in people using stolen credit card information to buy child pornography again like what happened with Landslide Productions? Unlikely.

          Could it happen, though? Oh, very much so.

          And given the government’s inherent uselessness with technology (they left unencrypted child information on a train – not forgetting they want backdoor encryption), it’s something worth taking into consideration.

    • Alistair

      All we got is the EU of human rights and we leaving the EU and therefore the censorship kings & queens of the Nasty Tories.

      Will set up a new bill of U.K. Bill of human rights. Things will go down the bog chute

      And porn isn’t one of them in fact anything that caters for heterosexual white males are forbidden.

  • Alistair

    In other news, china has apparently throttle whatsup app, as users can’t send vid and pics.

    does this smell like censorship from china. I think so.

    • Everything in China is raped by censorship.

    • Bitterbear

      Nah, chances are that Alibaba has an equivalent to Whatsapp and like the good commies that they are, they are using the Chinese government to kill the competition.

    • durka durka

      Man china banned winnie the pooh because they used him to make memes mocking the president.

  • Alistair

    There still to to lobby the govt as it will formal it in autumn then go though both houses. (House of Commons and House of Lords)

    there even been a petition but the Nasty Tories won’t listen.

    It plan yes not into law yet, and Matt Hancock is still a liar, because what he didn’t say is there be extra hidden stuff porn content itself will be regulated.

    • This legislation will go through 100%, because not enough people will protest against it.

      The people to blame are parents, normies, cucks, the oblivious and the “I-ain’t-got-nuffing-to-hide” idiots.

      To even have a chance of repealing this, a significant amount of people need to kick up a fuss, scream and shout, hold major activism campaigns in public, block traffic, disturb the flow of economy, etc… you know, basically be c*nts like the SJWs.

      When I say “significant amount of people”, I mean proper large groups of organized people from each city, NOT just a small group of people in one city. If we can do that, there would be a chance of repeal.

      But we all know that’s not going to happen. Not with all these white-knights and cucks around.

      • Alistair

        I would like to think we had a chance, but they will protest not now but when the law comes, when they see it wasn’t only the Age gateway it was others things too like “censorship”

        a Age gateway isn’t censorship itself it what carry on the back of the Age gateway all the extra hidden stuff they forgot to mention.

        And when they see that they will protest. But by then it be too late as once is law you can’t simply can’t get rid of it.

        • I would like to think we had a chance, but they will protest not now but
          when the law comes, when they see it wasn’t only the Age gateway it was
          others things too like “censorship”

          Like you say yourself, it would be too late by then.

          The time to protest it is NOW, and the protest needs to be consistent and last right up to the date of the law being implemented. Doing this over a long period of time means that there’s enough time to make people aware of it, and it would make the government think twice.

          If people only start protesting it when the law comes, it’s practically useless because 1) the Government will have already written up and set up the legislation; and 2) Not enough time to make people aware.

  • PizzaWolf

    Europe is still so cucked I’m surprised they even function.. then there’s this. VPNs all the way, lads.

    • ThyPancakeConsumed

      I am surprised we still are breathing, have something to eat and not punished with life sentence behind bars for farting, derping or crossing street at wrong place. And yes i am from eu.

      • Keystone

        “And yes i am from eu.”

        My sympathies, friend. No sarcasm.

        • ThyPancakeConsumed

          Thanks, got any spare augmentations?

        • durka durka

          Well, if you live in canada or australia, it is actually worse. Most of the EU countries that have those problems are in north europe. On the other hand the south and eastern countries dont have this problem, well apart form Greekistan, they voted for sjws.

        • durka durka

          Well, if you live in canada or australia, it is actually worse. Most of the EU countries that have those problems are in north europe. On the other hand the south and eastern countries dont have this problem, well apart form Greekistan, they voted for sjws.

      • I am surprised we still are breathing, have something to eat and not punished with life sentence behind bars for farting, derping or crossing street at wrong place.

        “I am surprised men are still breathing, have something to eat and not punished with life sentence behind bars for farting, derping or crossing street at wrong place.”

        Fixed.

        • ThyPancakeConsumed

          I stand corrected.

      • durka durka

        Well, lets take a look at a country that does have neo marxist, “progressive” sjw government. A few days ago in Athens there was this Greek-Australian tourist who was beaten by communist unionists for daring to go shopping on a sunday because the unionists are fighting very hard to stop any law that forces them to work on sundays…..despite that this happens all over europe. Obviously the tourist said he will never visit Greekistan again. After that a army of antifa/anarchofags decided to go on a rampage by destroying the fronts of a bazillion shops in a shopping district. Why? Because the justice system decided to convinct a woman for being part of a terrorist organization. Apparently finding fingerprints on gun magazines is not a good enough reason to convict someone of being a terrorist according to the anarchist/antifa crowd and they decided to stick it to the system and capitalism by destroying the shops of poor working every day citizens in order to experess their solidarity to her because she is one of their “comrades”

        Ofcourse the police did nothing and ofcourse these people have taken over an entire region of Athens and made it completly autonomous and the police does nothing. Which apparently gives them the right to grab a molotov and a crowbar and go around breaking and burning shit because they woke up on the wrong side of the bed that morning and obviously the state and capitalism is respoinsbile and obviously the only way to express your feeling is go around breaking stuff.

        Now i am not saying that you should vote for right wing governments, but you should never vote for any left wing government unless you want anarchists and jihadists to bend you over and…… well you know where this is going.

        BUT HEY MANSPLAYING AND FATSHAMING IS A PROBLEM….on second thought how about we all vote for right wingers? Yeah lets do that.

        • ThyPancakeConsumed

          We should also mansplain whenever its possible.
          Antifa is problem, those pampered rich kids just wont stay indoors and has to go around destroying everything. I am afraid we are nearing WW3 at this point with all nonsense going on in the world. But then again humans are self destructive creatures, what chicken mask wearing guy like me can do on his own?

          • durka durka

            The antifa fags decided to go rob a mini market and steal food to give them to the ones who need it…..look, unless the people protest on the streets os the police does something about it, nothing is going to change. We live in a age that what is and isnt acceptable is potrayed in culture and the way the community acts, not by laws, laws cant do shit anymore. You need to express how opposed you are to those crazy things, if you dont they will eat you alive. What is and isnt acceptable is like the Romans who through the christians to the Lions, the establishment decides what is and isnt ok because they hold the ideological hegemony.

            So long story short, protest to the government and the police to beat the shit out of these antifa fags.

            There is no other way. Also never back down, never apologize dont fall for “YOU ARE A RIGHT WINGER” just say it clearly I WANT TO SEE THE POLICE BEAT UP ANTIFA BECAUSE THEY ARE CRIMINAL SCUM WHO GO UNPUNISHED WHILE DESTROYING PROPERY THAT I PAY WITH MY TAXES.

      • durka durka

        Well, lets take a look at a country that does have neo marxist, “progressive” sjw government. A few days ago in Athens there was this Greek-Australian tourist who was beaten by communist unionists for daring to go shopping on a sunday because the unionists are fighting very hard to stop any law that forces them to work on sundays…..despite that this happens all over europe. Obviously the tourist said he will never visit Greekistan again. After that a army of antifa/anarchofags decided to go on a rampage by destroying the fronts of a bazillion shops in a shopping district. Why? Because the justice system decided to convinct a woman for being part of a terrorist organization. Apparently finding fingerprints on gun magazines is not a good enough reason to convict someone of being a terrorist according to the anarchist/antifa crowd and they decided to stick it to the system and capitalism by destroying the shops of poor working every day citizens in order to experess their solidarity to her because she is one of their “comrades”

        Ofcourse the police did nothing and ofcourse these people have taken over an entire region of Athens and made it completly autonomous and the police does nothing. Which apparently gives them the right to grab a molotov and a crowbar and go around breaking and burning shit because they woke up on the wrong side of the bed that morning and obviously the state and capitalism is respoinsbile and obviously the only way to express your feeling is go around breaking stuff.

        Now i am not saying that you should vote for right wing governments, but you should never vote for any left wing government unless you want anarchists and jihadists to bend you over and…… well you know where this is going.

        BUT HEY MANSPLAYING AND FATSHAMING IS A PROBLEM….on second thought how about we all vote for right wingers? Yeah lets do that.

  • ThyPancakeConsumed

    1984 is coming, run or fight while you can.

  • Kiryu

    Yep,got your priorities right UK.Blocking porn sites but keep selling arms to shitholes like Saudi Arabia.

  • Disqusted

    Ah yes… “adult sites”, such as *cough*any dissenting opinions*cough*.

    • To be fair, the legislation does clarify that it’s sites that make commercial revenue from producing or supplying adult or pornographic material.

      • Richard

        You watch, soon they will classify dissenting opinion as adult material. They will also probably treat it worse than pornographic materials.

  • Vrenna

    They will be censoring the internet as their civilization crumbles into rubble.
    Then no one will have access to internet, nor life.

  • Bamf

    They’ve had at least 3 major terrorist attacks this year, and they’re worrying about this bullshit?

    • EroBotan

      the leftards said that the victim of the terror attacks are very diverse, so there is nothing to worry about, multiculturalism is a huge success 😀 (I’m not making this up, they actually said it!!!).

      I think the porn censorship is either to please the feminists or they moslem voters.

      • Disqusted

        I keep hearing they always feel very sorry for the murderers, for having been driven to kill and maim for whatever reason. And not for the victims, of course.

        The part that pisses me off the most is I went through tons of actual trauma bullshit and wanted to snap too, but I f**king didn’t, and nobody gave a flying f**k. Society loves to glorify perpetrators and vilify victims. Everything is backwards.

        And when I wrote that, I thought of pure assholes like Jake Paul, who are IMMENSELY popular. It’s a good example of how backwards people are. Girls LOVE assholes. That’s probably part of why they keep siding with rapists and murderers.

        • durka durka

          You see mate you are also the problem why those terrorists went on a rampage, because as always it is your fault and the west’s fault for interfering in the middle east as it is also your fault and the west’s fault for not integrating them properly in your community. BUT REMEMBER IF YOU COMPLAIN ABOUT IMMIGRATION AND MULTICULTURALISM OR PRESERVING YOUR CULTURE, YOU ARE A FREAKING NEO NAZI!!!

        • durka durka

          You see mate you are also the problem why those terrorists went on a rampage, because as always it is your fault and the west’s fault for interfering in the middle east as it is also your fault and the west’s fault for not integrating them properly in your community. BUT REMEMBER IF YOU COMPLAIN ABOUT IMMIGRATION AND MULTICULTURALISM OR PRESERVING YOUR CULTURE, YOU ARE A FREAKING NEO NAZI!!!

        • EroBotan

          I’m not surprised, feminists love their bad boy with troubled past ^^;. They even insist to not report to the police when they get raped/groped by moslems lol but when it comes to other men (especially white men), even staring/cat calling/etc equals rape. Even mass quadraple facepalms are not enough when facing with this level of stupidity!!

        • By Any
      • VersVlees

        No this porn thing comes from conservative Christians.
        Pretty sure the whole opt in (I wanna watch porn but you gotta tell your ISP first) bullshit in the UK has been implemented by Cameron’s administration due to lobbying by Conservative Christians.
        Yes they like to moral police us just as bad the feminists and moon god worshippers.

        • I reckon it came from both sides.

          And yes, I believe the Opt In b*llshit was something David Cameron’s administration implemented.

          They’re all cancer.

        • Alistair

          Yes it called a opt in filter by default.

          So there is safeguards to protect kids, so why censorship then because they want more power. The govt should not be let off.

          It in a weaken state since May lost her majority in the election.

      • durka durka

        pics or it didnt happen. Actually this was the conservative party’s doing

        • EroBotan

          dude, there is no convervative party in UK, everyone is leftards.

          And here is a hint:
          1. It’s after that Ariana something concert or the london bridge attack, i forgot which one.
          2. One of the people who said it is chief police officer in london, there are others who celebrate the diversity of the victims but i forgot lol (but most likely the usual leftards journalists)

          I leave the rest to your goggle skills

      • durka durka

        pics or it didnt happen. Actually this was the conservative party’s doing

      • Aarran

        The Conservative Party in the UK has always had a pearl clutching Christian streak in them when its come to pornography.

    • giygas

      UK gov’t seems inept as all hell.

    • Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης

      Τhis year? You mean this month. XD