First country in the world to verify the age.
The UK will become the first country in the world to introduce mandatory verification of age of visitors to pornographic sites.
July 15-commercial providers of Internet pornography will be obliged to check whether or not visitors 18 years of age. Websites that violate the new law are liable to be blocked in Britain.
As stated by the Minister for the digital and creative industries Margot James, this decision is due to the fact that the adult content today is too accessible to children.
“The introduction of mandatory age verification is the first in the world, and we found time to balance privacy concerns with the need to protect children from inappropriate content,” said James.
The UK government has stated that it took into account concerns about privacy, so age verification will not be aimed at establishing the identity of the people.
According to the decision, pornographic sites that sell adult content or provide it for free, will have to hire a company that will verify the age of users.
For verification of age offer a variety of ways, including purchasing special tickets to the offline stores, the use of a passport or credit card online.
Sites where pornographic content is less than a third of the total content, will be exempt from the new requirements until they will position themselves as such, which offer pornographic content.