The Government announced that Age Verification will come into force on July 15th – Official announcement
The annoucement was not without a hitch though – as they accidentaly forgot to BCC the journalists emails revealing the email addresses of over 300 journalists.
“Concerns have been raised that the laws could result in the creation of a database of the UK’s porn viewers, which would pose a privacy problem if it were to ever leak”, according to The Guardian
“It’s also possible that the porn block could drive Brits underground into extreme corners of the internet” warned The Sun
Sky News pointed out that “Simply ticking a box or entering a date of birth will no longer be enough”
And Computer Weekly wrote about “the challenges of age-verification technology”
Blake posted on their Patreon (for patreon subscribers only – which helps fund their campaign work so well worth some of your hard earned shekels and groats!).
Guido Fawkes said “The Government’s sledgehammer approach to the internet is what you’d expect from an authoritarian regime like China or Saudi Arabia, not the liberal democracy that invented it”
Campaign/pressure groups respond
Open Rights Group warned about the absence of compulsory privacy standards, and reminded people about the past privacy failings of MindGeek (the parent company of PornHub who are promoting their Age ID solution).
The Adam Smith Institute highlighted their “Repeal the Porn Laws” campaign.