Are you going to need an online porn passport?

27 May 2015

porn Remember us telling you that you might have to whip out your ID to watch dirty videos online? Well, there's more talk about this, with a new system for UK residents being proposed by the adult entertainment industry.

Soon enough, bongo sites could be required to verify the identity of visitors, which they'd do by checking who you are via 'trusted' organisations like banks, credit rating agencies and your mobile operator. Even the NHS might have to get involved.

This sounds exactly like the kind of thing that will never, ever, ever happen in a billion years, but, we report on it anyway because the Tories are gagging to find out who is watching smut on the internet. There's clearly a lot of money to be made from such a thing, or they wouldn't be bothered by it.

Of course, this isn't aimed at adults (honest), but rather, protecting children from looking at a host of genitalia and poor acting skills. It is thought that, by introducing some online hurdles, it'll stop innocent eyes from looking at people knocking their uglies together. Everyone who has used the internet for 10 minutes will know that, where there's online hurdles, clever children who are internet-savvy will easily be able to bypass them.

The Digital Policy Alliance, which is made up of people in the industry, policy makers, charities and academics, is trying to pre-empt the law and any measures could be used for more than just porno-sites - we're talking about anything selling tobacco, booze and other age-restricted things.

The alliance suggests "information already on file across central and local government (including DWP and the NHS) and/or the private sector to enable service providers to reliably check the age of almost any online user, including those who wish to remain anonymous".

Any rules brought into place, you'd assume, would only apply to British companies, and getting businesses from overseas to agree to any measures is going to be nigh-on impossible, so all this seems like a lot of talk and expense for something that will never come to fruition. No change there then.

TOPICS:   Privacy   Technology

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