Tuesday March 05, 2019

UK Will Require Age Verification for Porn Sites in April

The United Kingdom recently passed a law requiring citizens to verify their age before they can access porn sites, and recent reports claim that law will go into effect in April. A spokesperson for the AgeID system designed to enforce the law said "When a user first visits a site protected by AgeID, a landing page will appear with a prompt for the user to verify their age before they can access the site. Each website will create their own non-pornographic landing page for this purpose." Users will have to make an account on the AgeID website before accessing adult content, or purchase a voucher from a brick-and-mortar store in the UK if they don't want to enter an email address. The system's creators claim AgeID is "secure" and doesn't store any user data beyond login credentials and the fact that they're over 18.

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lark says, 'When a user registers an AgeID account using an email address and password, both are protected by a salted, one-way hash. This means that at no point does AgeID have a database of email addresses. AgeID does not know the identity or date of birth of its users, all it knows is whether a hashed account is over 18 or not. AgeID has been designed with privacy and security at its core, so much so that we believe we provide the most robust solution available. We look forward to being scrutinised by the BBFC and the auditors of their voluntary certification scheme.'