Consultation Survey Over U.K. Age Checks Concludes Next Week

LONDON - The U.K. government, which in February introduced plans to enforce age checks on all porn sites, is closing its consultation period next Wednesday.

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The online consultation survey, available here, seeks views from the public, including industry stakeholders, on the government’s manifesto to require age verification for access to adult sites online. 

The U.K., which intends on creating a regulatory framework in order to help ensure that laws applying to porn sites are effective in driving change, has said that civil sanctions would be necessary to force compliance.

Whatever amounts from the survey, the U.K. government plans on moving on new policies quickly as it has been placed on the “fast track” by Parliament.

In the survey, the U.K. government asks various questions, including whether all online porn, including soft porn, should be subjected to age checks, as well as the topic of which content access control (CAC) systems (credit cards, personal digital identity management services such as the electoral roll and others) should be employed.

The survey is based on the results from a 44-page paper called "Child Safety Online: Age Verification for Pornography."

In the paper, the U.K. government elaborates on rolling out a new plan to deal with non-complying porn sites that don't ensure their users are over 18.  

The consultative paper places a specific target on the vast amount of free, all-you-can view porn websites that make money off advertising — adult tube sites — many of which are located outside the U.K.

The paper offers a proposal that would see offending porn sites cut off from their payment providers, advertisers and other services, essentially killing their U.K. business.

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