Porn Pass For Access to Porn Content

Recently, the British government has supported a low about the so-called porn passes. These are cards, similar to bank cards, with 16 digits, that citizens will be able to buy in corner shops. These cards will be sold only if the person shows a passport or driver’s license to prove that his or her age is more than 18. The authorities plan to allow selling other “adult” products like alcohol, tobacco, and knives, only if the customers show these passes.

It is not a secret for anyone that, yes, all those adult content platforms have the announcement “please confirm you are older than 18, otherwise you cannot view the content of the platform”, and people just press “I’m 18” even if they are nine years old. Nobody can do nothing about it unless parents install special blocking software on their gadgets. Teenagers can still reach out for adult content from other computers in a computer club, etc.

This is a problem seems impossible to solve, but UK government believes it has found the answer. With those porn passes, it will be possible to view sex movies and other adult content only by typing in the card number and verify it. Moreover, all websites available from the UK will be required to provide access only after the user sends them card number. Without this access check, the websites will be blocked and fined for an impressive sum of money.

While this option seems to be an efficient one, yet no one can explain how to prevent teenagers from buying those porn pass cards the way they buy tobacco and alcohol – by asking adults they trust to purchase those for them, or just tricking the sellers. Also, it is not clear how the government expects to protect the system of access from simple hacking, because, as the majority of governmental programs, it is not expected to be especially expensive and therefore especially hack-proof.

The only real option is to force the websites to provide their own systems of protection from hacking, and give them all responsibility for this aspect. In this case, websites that can provide such protection will live, while other sites will have to look for loopholes. Anyways, the idea is good, but it is yet not clear whether its implementation will be sound and effective enough.

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