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UK porn blacklist is dead after government abandons age verification

1 month ago   |   By Ars Technica

Enlarge / Nicky Morgan, UK Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport.
The United Kingdom is abandoning plans to try to force pornography websites to age-verify UK Internet users. Digital Secretary Nicky Morgan announced the shift in a Wednesday statement .
Morgan claimed that "the government's commitment to protecting children online is unwavering." However, she said, the government will now accomplish that goal "through our proposed online harms regulatory regime." She didn't elaborate on what those regulations would look like.
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UK scraps plan to enforce age checks on pornography websites

UK scraps plan to enforce age checks on pornography websites

1 month ago   |   By New Scientist

The UK government has dropped plans to introduce age verification measures designed to prevent children from accessing pornography online, which had sparked concerns about privacy
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UK drops plans for online pornography age verification system

1 month ago   |   By The Guardian

Climbdown follows difficulties with implementing plan to ensure users are over 18 Plans to introduce a nationwide age verification system for online pornography have been abandoned by the government following years of technical troubles and concerns from privacy campaigners. The climbdown follows countless difficulties with implementing the policy, which would have required all pornography websites to ensure users are over 18. Methods would include checking credit cards or allowing people to buy a “porn pass” age verification document from their local newsagent.
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