Government launches consultation over internet porn age

Posted On: 
16th February 2016

The Government has launched a public consultation to decide whether age restrictions should be put on pornographic websites.

The Conservatives pledged in April that if they won the general election they would implement tougher regulations on internet porn and set up an independent regulator to be given powers to shut down sites which fail to block under-18s.

Internet providers, charities, academics and others will be among those asked to contribute to the consultation.

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"We are keen to hear from parents, schools, child protection experts, the pornography industry, internet service providers and online platforms that provide access to pornographic content," the consultation document explained.

Baroness Shields, the Internet Safety and Security Minister said: “Just as we do offline, we want to make sure children are prevented from accessing pornographic content online which should only be viewed by adults.”

Peter Wanless, chief executive of the NSPCC said the issue was one of “urgency” and under-18s who had ready access to porn grew up with a “warped” view of relationships.

But a security expert expressed concerns that the controls would be difficult to implement on free sites.

A member of the Cabinet Office Privacy and Consumer Advocacy Group, Dr Gilad Rosner, said: “My initial response to this release is that while the UK government may get some traction with payment processors, and that that could have some effect, it won't affect the free pornography.

"I would wager that we won't see much in the way of tangible results for the next five years. This is a particularly challenging regulatory goal."