UK to delay introduction of 'porn block' indefinitely 9 months ago

UK to delay introduction of 'porn block' indefinitely

Indefinitely shelved.

The UK’s age-verification system for online pornography is expected to be delayed indefinitely, just weeks before the system was due to be introduced.

The ban was slated to go into effect by 15 July, after numerous delays over the course of the last year or so.

But according to Sky News, it is set to be delayed for legal reasons after government officials failed to notify the European Commission of key details of the system.

It would have meant all UK-based internet users will have to confirm that they are 18 or older if they want to access adult entertainment sites.

To do so, users over the age 18 would need to provide proof that they are old enough to access age restricted sites. The verification can be done online or in a shop where a pass can be purchased that confirms the holder is aged 18 or over.

But its proposed implementation has raised serious concerns with privacy advocates, academics, and the global porn industry.

Just yesterday in the Dáil, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said Ireland would monitor the system in the UK to see if something similar could be introduced in Ireland.