UK.Gov Threatens to Make Age Verification Mandatory for Large Chunks of Web


Adults will have to hand over credit card or passport details before they can access social media sites, the British government threatened this morning.

Internet use age verification – first floated and then abandoned via the country’s 2017 Digital Economy Act – will return in the UK’s Online Safety Bill, digital minister Chris Philp MP has vowed, linking the technology, widely criticised by privacy activists, to protecting children from pornography websites.

Websites targeted by the government will be forced to submit to “a new legal duty” requiring them “to put robust checks in place to ensure their users are 18 years old or over.”

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