In the News… Even AgeID don’t think age verification will work!

We are concerned that the mandated, proportionate approach to regulation… will not achieve the child protection aims of the law, as un-monitored children will still find non-compliant adult content via a simple search query.

AgeId, the Age verification system developed by MindGeek (the company behind most of the leading porn sites like PornHub, RedTube and YouPorn) wrote recently in Computer Business Review.

“AgeID has been created to fully comply with the legislation, however, we firmly believe that parents are best placed to supervise their children’s online activity, not the government. We are concerned that the mandated, proportionate approach to regulation (starting with the top 100 sites and working down) will not achieve the child protection aims of the law, as un-monitored children will still find non-compliant adult content via a simple search query.

If children are still able to stumble across adult content once the law comes into force then children will be no more protected than they are today, and there is a danger that parents will cease to supervise their children’s browsing habits, believing the law now adequately protects them. The proposed regulation runs the risk of sending a message to parents that they can take their eye off their children’s browsing habits. That said, we hope that the regulator is sufficiently resourced to carry out its function successfully and is able to monitor the 4million+ domains which host adult content.”

Their last point is quite significant.  The BBFC have talked about recruiting ‘one or two extra people”