When the controversial age verification law, announced yesterday, takes effect July 15, porn producers and free video hosting sites such as PornHub will be required to enforce strict checks to ensure users are not under 18. To access adult content, consumers will need to submit credit card or passport information, or obtain an age-verification pass from a local store. Websites that fail to comply with the world’s first such law could be completely blocked in Britain.
Is there a downside? Privacy advocates are up in arms over the possibility of a government-owned database of porn users, noting, “Data leaks could be disastrous.”
Read OZY’s feature on how European kids are actually learning from porn.