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New UK Porn Law – What Does it Mean?

New UK Porn Law – What Does it Mean?

What’s Happened?

A law that’s been discussed for a while now since 2015 has just received Royal Assent so will be being enforced next year (2018) that affects how people in the UK can watch porn… so that’s us πŸ™‚

What is the New Law?

Up until now you have had to click a box when entering an adult site in the UK to confirm you are of legal age to view adult content present on that site; and recently in the UK all mobile phones have been opted out of being able to see adult content unless actively opted in by the owner (of legal age).

The new law looks to go a step further and make a viewer prove they are of legal age, not just click to confirm they are.

How do you Prove Your Age?

The BBFC (the guys who decide what age a film should be rated in the UK) are in charge of regulating this law, and have yet to officially confirm a mandatory (be it multiple) methods by which you can confirm your age to view an adult site. There are obvious methods like entering your passport number, credit card details, driving licence; but there have also been claims of getting a unique number from the postoffice, being able to verify with your social media or even an Experian (the credit check company) unique number to prove your age.

What Does This Mean for CAM4?

Obviously CAM4 will have to comply with any UK law. It means that the first time you enter CAM4 you will need to verify your age (yet to be officially decided how) then you’ll be able to watch cams as normal. When more details come out about the finer details (do you enter each time? If you have an age verified account do you still have to? Can it store in your cookies you are of legal age and verified?) we’ll update you. It may also be the case that if partnered with multiple adult sites that you may be able to verify your age on another adult site and then you wont have to do so on CAM4 and vice versa.

Will Anything Really Change?

Like any change, there may be an initial concern with entering your details on an adult site – but, people need porn πŸ™‚ The public will get used to this. A similar thing has happened in the gambling industry previously and it just means people have to get used to the change. Once their initial fears of entering personal details are quashed and we make it as painless and simple as possible for them to do so, we’ll be right back to the porn loving and consuming nation that we are!

At present it looks as though the law may be enforces in April 2018 – we will update you as we know more.

Opposition and Problems with the Law

What do you think about these changes and the law? It takes the onus away from the parents to monitor their child’s online activity (this whole law came about to protect children from accidentally stumbling across porn) and as such suggest parents may feel safer and monitor their children’s online activity less. But there are far more harmful things online than webcam chat that parents should still be looking out for that this law will not protect and may lead them into a false sense of security.

And what about our rights to privately and anonymously watch whatever we want and do as we please as adults. If internet providers automatically (like with mobile phone contracts) opted all homes out of adult content which an adult must then opt your home in, it would surly fix the problem. Then a parent just needs to add parental controls at certain times when they know their child will be online, or set up a user area on the PC the child has access to that is limited, or just monitor your child when online. And after all, which teenagers don’t know how to spoof their IP address and will be able to avoid this law anyway, or simply use a parents details (this isn’t like using your dads licence to buy booze in a shop, no one is actually seeing who’s entering in the details).

Thoughts please!

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