Brits May Need To Get New 'Access Card' Before Watching Adult Material Online
Anyone in the UK wanting to watch porn on the online might have to go and buy a proof-of-age card from their local newsagents, in a new move to crack down on young people seeing adult material on the Internet.
The 16-digit-code, which has already been dubbed the 'porn pass', would be available to buy from shops and may require ID, such as a passport or driving licence, according to a report in the Sunday Telegraph.
The code will set you back a tenner and will mean you can access adult content online.
The new rules have come from the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) which has been tasked with coming up with a bunch of new legislation and has taken part in a public consultation to find ways to introduce new proof-of-age processes.
Shy porn-fans who don't fancy having to tell the fella from their corner shop that they want to watch some adult content will be able to use other methods - such as registering credit card details.
But it's thought that this method will be popular with people who would rather stay anonymous - well, as anonymous as you can be when you're asking the guy who sells you pints of milk for a 'porn pass', anyway.
David Austin, chief exec at BBFC told the paper: "People can expect to see a choice of age-verification options, typically from third party providers, so there's no need to share any personal data with a pornography website.
"An adult website need only receive a 'yes' or 'no' to confirm the results of the age check. There is no need for the age-verification provider to pass on any personal details to a pornographic website nor to store personal data."
However, an Internet security expert told the Sunday Telegraph the new rules are a 'digital white elephant'.
"The kids will beat the technology, and adults could have their details hacked. Nobody is lined up to guarantee the trustworthiness of the companies which provide age verification and confirm someone's age to a porn site."
Parliament will need to pass any new laws made on the basis of the BBFC's public consultation before they come in to play in the UK.
Source: Sunday Telegraph
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