The government will soon announce the start of a wide-ranging plan to ban people from viewing pornography unless they prove their identity. The plans, referred to as porn blocks, will attempt to stop children from looking at adult content by establishing age verification procedures. The most popular of those procedures will require people to register and show official documents and then log in whenever they look at pornographic websites.
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The UK 'porn block' was due to come into effect on July 15 However, on June 20 it was revealed that the initiative had been kicked into the long grass and delayed by a minimum of six months. The concept behind the porn block is that UK-based internet users would have to confirm that they are 18 years or older if they wanted to access adult entertainment sites.
It was actually discussed last year but the plans kicked up confusion on how the age verification would work. Anyone looking to watch porn from a British IP address will be quizzed - including those using free sites. Stuart Lawley, CEO of AVSecure, says several companies will offer age verifications, with a "kitemark" style system to ensure the verification complies with the new law. Those looking to view porn will be directed to a page which will ask them to fill in their details.
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The Victorian pornographic tradition included French photographs, erotic prints, and printed literature. As technology has advanced, pornography has taken diverse forms and become more widespread in society. In the twentieth century the production of pornographic magazines and films developed, and by the twenty-first century pornography was available by telephone, on television and via the internet.
The UK is about to introduce restrictions on watching pornography of a kind never before seen in the world. The government is planning to stop children being damaged by watching adult content by stopping anyone from doing so unless they go through a "rigorous" age verification process. Websites that aren't part of the blocks could find themselves being punished or blocked entirely within the UK.
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