October 16, 2019

Government drops Age Verification plans

Reacting to news that plans for Age Verification for adult content have been halted, Jim Killock, Executive Director of Open Rights Group said:

“Age verification for porn as currently legislated would cause huge privacy problems if it went ahead. We are glad the government has stepped back from creating a privacy disaster, that would lead to blackmail scams and individuals being outed for the sexual preferences.

“However it is still unclear what the government does intend to do, so we will remain vigilant to ensure that new proposals are not just as bad, or worse.” 

More info:

For further information please contact Federica Dadone, Communication Officer for Open Rights Group, at press@openrightsgroup.org or 0207 0961079.

Jim Killock is available for comment.

Background: 

Nicky Morgan today has stated in a written question that the government is not going ahead with compulsory Age verification under the DEA 2016:

https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2019-10-16/HCWS13/