The United Kingdom wants to force porn websites to verify the age of its users with a bank card

It is an issue that has been brought to the table of the British government on more than one occasion, above all because it has to do with the protection and security of minors on the Internet, however the measure has come back to life and this time with more force. And it is that United Kingdom has announced its bill to apply verification measures on websites with pornographic content.


The measure, although for the moment it focuses on those web pages focused on offering pornographic content, also targets social networks, since according to a survey mentioned in the statement from the British government, 63% of those surveyed between 16 and 17 years old have seen pornographic content on social networks.


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A proposal with the objective of protecting minors on the Internet

If the measure proposed by the Online Safety Bill ends up being implemented, those who reside in the United Kingdom may have difficulties accessing certain websites if they do not have the possibility of offering their bank details. Although the bill has not specified the age verification techniques that the companies in charge of these websites will have to carry out, it has been mentioned that third-party verification systems could be used or the introduction of a credit card by the user.

In the statement, the DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport) ensures that in the event that websites do not act, they could be fined up to 10% of their annual worldwide turnover, or even block access to the website in the UK. The issue has caused some controversy, as many claim that this measure could further endanger users in the event of a security breach. The existence of more extensive user information in the databases of these websites could seriously jeopardize their security, especially in cases of massive hacking using blackmail and extortion techniques.

This is not the first time that the issue has been mentioned in the government

Previously, the organization persecuted those websites in which pornographic content is generated by the users themselves (OnlyFans), now everything indicates that it will go further with all websites with such content at a commercial level. The age verification proposal was introduced back in 2017 by the Digital Economy Act, but the government eliminated it in 2019 since, according to the ministers themselves, ‘the same results could be achieved with other types of measures’. Everything indicates that this measure could now become a reality sooner rather than later.