Australia Government Considers Age Verification For Porn Sites

September 16, 2019 Politics

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Age Verification In Australia

Australia is becoming the latest state to consider age verification standards for porn sites. According to The Guardian, “A parliamentary committee initiated by the Coalition will investigate how porn websites can verify Australians visiting their websites are over 18, in a move that looks similar to the troubled UK age verification system.”

 

UK Digital Economy Act 2017

For those that are living under a rock, the UK has been trying (unsuccessfully) to implement similar age verification standards since 2017. The implementation deadlines keep getting rolled back, due to a number of reasons. The reasons include issues such as privacy and enforcement concerns. Also, the fact that the system could be completely bypassed by the use of a VPN.

 

Australia Proposed Porn Filtering In Past

This isn’t the first time Australia has flirted with the idea of porn blocking. Back in 2008, the Australian Labor Party, who was in power at the time, proposed extending Internet censorship to a system of mandatory filtering of overseas websites which are, or potentially would be, “refused classification” (RC) in Australia.

In Australia, the Coalition prior to the 2013 election floated a policy of opt-out internet filtering that would operate in such a way where people would need to tell their ISP that they wished to access adult content in order not to be subject to the filter.

The Nationals Coalition, the opposition party also proposed their own legislation. The legislation would implement a mandatory censoring system that users would have to opt-out of in order to access blocked content. The mandatory blocking was proposed in 2012/2013.

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