Britain Buries Porn ID Check
UK Porn ID

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Nicky Morgan, made a parliamentary statement on October 16th, 2019 acknowledging that the long-delayed and often-criticized porn ID check is being buried. It will no longer be instated as originally outlined in the Digital Economy Act 2017.

Sankaku Complex picked up the news from over on the Parliament.uk website, where Morgan wrote…

“The government published the Online Harms White Paper in April this year. It proposed the establishment of a duty of care on companies to improve online safety, overseen by an independent regulator with strong enforcement powers to deal with non-compliance. Since the White Paper’s publication, the government’s proposals have continued to develop at pace. The government announced as part of the Queen’s Speech that we will publish draft legislation for pre-legislative scrutiny. It is important that our policy aims and our overall policy on protecting children from online harms are developed coherently in view of these developments with the aim of bringing forward the most comprehensive approach possible to protecting children.

 

“The government has concluded that this objective of coherence will be best achieved through our wider online harms proposals and, as a consequence, will not be commencing Part 3 of the Digital Economy Act 2017 concerning age verification for online pornography. The Digital Economy Act objectives will therefore be delivered through our proposed online harms regulatory regime. This course of action will give the regulator discretion on the most effective means for companies to meet their duty of care. As currently drafted, the Digital Economy Act does not cover social media platforms. […]”

The dissolution of this initiative has likely resulted in a huge sigh of relief for not just for U.K., internet users but also for adult website owners as well. There were huge worries about potential identity theft, personal information security, and an ecosystem ripe for hacker-fueled exploitation.

Morgan’s statement rounds out by noting that they’ll continue to explore options when it comes to “protecting” the children but it won’t be through the porn ID checks that they tried implementing in a cumbersome way over the last two years. Morgan stated…

“The government’s commitment to protecting children online is unwavering. Adult content is too easily accessed online and more needs to be done to protect children from harm. We want to deliver the most comprehensive approach to keeping children safe online and recognised in the Online Harms White Paper the role that technology can play in keeping all users, particularly children, safe. We are committed to the UK becoming a world-leader in the development of online safety technology and to ensure companies of all sizes have access to, and adopt, innovative solutions to improve the safety of their users. This includes age verification tools and we expect them to continue to play a key role in protecting children online.

 

“We will continue to engage with members of Parliament on the provisions of the online harms regime to ensure the most comprehensive online harms proposals which deliver on the objectives of the Digital Economy Act.”

For now, residents of the U.K., won’t have to worry about purchasing ID cards from local retailers or having to input credit card information or personal IDs into websites to access adult content… even free content.

Whether or not U.K., parliament will come up with something just as ridiculous remains to be seen, but you’re safe for the time being.

(Thanks for the news tip VLOCKUP)

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