UK To Force Age Checks On Porn Sites

The UK is moving to require age checks on pornographic websites, though it's not clear what impact that'll actually have. According to the BBC, the government is going to force sites featuring adult content to restrict their pages using age-verification software. Platforms will need to comply with the rules by April 2018.

To make sure sites comply with the order, the UK will reportedly establish a dedicated regulatory body. And if sites don't implement stricter age-verification, they'll risk being blocked by ISPs.

How much impact this legislation, which is part of the Digital Economy Act, will have depends on the implementation. One potential mechanism of age-verification involves asking for credit card details, which could indeed make visiting a porn site harder, albeit not impossible.