Porn Block Age Verifiers Sue Government Over Scheme's Cancellation

By Gary Cutlack on at

The government's facing a legal challenge over its decision to give up trying to turn back the tide of internet pornography, with four of the companies that were to profit from the UK's mandatory age verification gates asking for around £3m in damages to cover lost earnings and expenses spent.

The four businesses with terrible names that we may have known so well – AgeChecked, VeriMe, AVYourself and AVSecure – are heading to the High Court, where a judicial review has been requested into the axing of the age gate system.

Steve Winyard, chief marketing officer of AVSecure, said he'd like some of the money back that he spent on getting the tools built, and told Wired that news reports that informed the scheme's cancellation by suggesting the standards weren't tough enough or were too easy to bypass were "absolute nonsense." He added that his company's after £1.3m in compensation, and is very much looking forwards to the case forcing the government to release internal communications, perhaps illustrating how politically motivated the decision to axe the porn gating system was. [Wired via BBC]