U.K. Implementing ID Checks for Porn, Could Extend to Social Media Sites

A lawyer claimed the United Kingdom could soon force users to provide valid ID if they want to access social media sites, as the U.K. implements mandatory ID checks on porn users starting in April.

From April 1, Internet users in the U.K. will be required to submit a valid form of ID, such as a driving license or passport, in order to access pornographic websites.

“When someone first clicks on a site, they’ll be asked to register with AgeID and verify their age using a Mobile SMS, credit card, passport, or driving licence,” reported the Sun. “Users will then be able to use their AgeID username or password to access all porn sites that use AgeID – though some may use different age verification systems.”

“As well as registering with AgeID, Brits will also be able to access porn sites using a voucher you can buy from high street shops,” the Sun explained, adding that each voucher “will cost £4.99 for use on a single device, or £8.99 for use across multiple devices.”

Porn websites which fail to comply with the new law could receive fines up to £250,000, or be blocked from the Internet.

According to British obscenity lawyer Myles Jackman, a similar system could also be applied to social networks in the future.

“There seems to be a massive groundswell of opinion in Westminster that age verification is a solution to the problem,” Jackman declared. “It’s seen as a simple way forward to cure all the ills allegedly caused by social media.”

Charlie Nash is a reporter for Breitbart Tech. You can follow him on Twitter @MrNashington, or like his page at Facebook.

 

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