Pornographic websites are a 'sick joke', claims internet security expert

Pornographic websites are a 'sick joke', claims internet security expert

Pornographic sites wil soon need to verify users are over 18 years old

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Internet security expert John Carr insists pornographic websites are a 'sick joke.

In the Queen's speech yesterday (Wednesday), it was announced the government will be requiring pornographic sites to verify users are over 18 years old.

It aims to protect children from inappropriate online content, although tt is unclear as to how this will be implemented.

Carr is part of the civil service group which helped draft the government consultation paper on the issue, and he welcomed the announcement.

"The idea you could learn anything useful about sex, sexuality or human relationships from any of these sites is beyond a joke, it's a sick joke," he told Julia Hartley-Brewer.

"Young girls are feeling pressured to do things they feel uncomfortable with and young men think they have to conform to this role model of a violent aggressive man.

"The kind of stuff we're talking about would never be allowed to appear in a cinema as an 18 rating," he added. "Some of it would even get rated as R18, meaning it can only be sold in licensed sex shops."

The secretary of the UK's Children's Charities' Coalition on Internet Safety (CHIS), believes using banks providing services to the websites could help implement the law.

"The government is proposing to make it an offence for sites to publish [content] without an age verification mechanism," Carr explained. "If we stop [sites] from being able to collect any money, the logic is they will introduce age verification measures.

"It's likely companies will come into the market to provide you with some kind of digital identity [to prove your age]."