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Rishi Sunak faces new rebellion over online porn age verification



LONDON: British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is facing another rebellion from members of his Conservative Party who want to tighten the law so websites are forced to introduce stronger age-testing measures to prevent children you access pornography.
A series of amendments are being drafted for protracted debate Secure Invoice Online would propose that all pornography sites be required to implement age-verification systems within six months of it becoming law. That is the latest response from lawmakers after a planned uprising by Tory MPs earlier this month prompted sunbathing accepted a requirement that Big Tech executives face jail time if they don’t remove harmful content.
The Online Safety Bill, designed to protect children as they use the Internet, is set to begin passing through the upper house of revision, the House of Lords on Monday.
The new amendments, which are likely to be debated at the end of February, would require adults to prove they are over 18 using the same stringent age verification forms already used for online gambling, such as uploading ID card or credit card details. This can be done through a third-party tool to ensure that a person’s identity is not directly linked to a porn site, which is a more privacy-preserving method.
“What we need is a clear timetable and a clear commitment to tightly controlled mandatory age verification,” James Bethell, a Conservative Party colleague overseeing the amendments said in an interview on Tuesday. “The current terms are a kumbaya aspiration that leaves too many loopholes, with no enforcement and no timetable.”
Other methods of age verification, including using software that estimate someone’s age by analyzing their face via a webcam or phone camera, do not require any identification documents. OnlyFans implemented this method using software created by Yoti.
While the government argues that the law needs to remain generic to allow it to keep pace with changing technology, Bethell insists pornography is so harmful to children that immediate legislation is needed.
This isn’t the first time policymakers have tried to introduce age checking for adult-only websites. The Digital Economy Act of 2017 contained age-verification provisions, but they were scrapped by the government before being enforced.

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