UK porn websites told to introduce age checks amid warning that users' viewing history could be leaked online



“Steps like this to help restrict access, alongside the provision of free parental controls and education, are key.”

The executive director of the Open Rights Group Jim Killock warned the new rules could lead to a repeat of the 2015 Ashley Madison scandal, when a database of users of a dating website for people seeking extra-marital affairs was hacked.

“Age verification could lead to porn companies building databases of the UK’s porn habits, which could be vulnerable to Ashley Madison style hacks,” said Mr Killock.

“The Government has repeatedly refused to ensure that there is a legal duty for age verification providers to protect the privacy of web users.

“There is also nothing to ensure a free and fair market for age verification. We are concerned that the porn company MindGeek will become the Facebook of age verification, dominating the UK market. They would then decide what privacy risks or profiling take place for the vast majority of UK citizens.”

 



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