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UK Government scraps online ‘porn block’ plans after law hits kinks

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Sky News
October 17, 2019

The government has dropped plans to block pornography websites in the UK unless they could effectively check the ages of visitors.

Sky News first revealed that the age verification scheme was being indefinitely delayed back in June.

Following our report, the government claimed the delay would only last six months, but today digital secretary Nicky Morgan confirmed that the plans “will not be commencing”.

The controversial scheme had prompted campaigners to raise concernsthat it would enable widespread tracking of porn watchers’ identities and browsing habits, creating the potential for blackmail and online surveillance.

In a written statement to parliament, Ms Morgan said that the government would instead be focusing on its new “online harms” regulation to address issues caused by children accessing pornographic websites.

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This article was posted: Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 2:22 am





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