You'll Need to Prove Your Age on Porn Sites by Easter

By Holly Brockwell on at

Back in 2016, the government announced that it's going to force porn sites to verify that you're over 18 before you're allowed to see anything. It was supposed to come into force by April this year, but in classic government style, it's been delayed by a year – the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has just announced it'll be in place by Easter.

Apparently the delay was to make sure it was implemented properly, and according to the Independent, the government now reckons they've nailed it. It's been a long process, involving the BBFC – here's our piece with all the details that have been released thus far.

Stourbridge MP Margot James got the joyous task of declaring the new date, since she's Minister of State for Digital and the Creative Industries. You wouldn't think on accepting that lofty job title that your remit would include ordering porn sites around, but here we are.

James' job will include giving the big names of pornography three months' notice next year to start implementing their age checks. As ever with this kind of thing, it'll likely be easy to circumvent the checks – they'll only apply in the UK, so anyone with a bit of digital know how will just fire up a VPN and pretend to be in another country. Either that, or we'll force under-18s onto dodgier, more underground sites, and that doesn't sound like a great idea.

So far we have no details about how the age verification will actually work, but it looks like it'll use something like Yoti. Presumably Margot James isn't going to write to all the porn users in the country with three months' notice to prepare their IDs, so we'll give you a heads-up when it looks like the measure is actually coming into force. Just for interest's sake, of course.