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New Law Will Require Your Personal Info Before Viewing Porn

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Watching porn is supposed to be something you do incognito, isn't it?

I'm no expert, but I can confidently assume people would rather not identify themselves before they, um, start relaxing.

Unfortunately, there's a new law in the works that will ensure porn websites in Britain make users verify their age before viewing them, Metro reports.

I know... it seems super annoying, but bear with me.

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Apparently, the new change would be an effort to protect kids on the web from watching porn, according to Culture Secretary Karen Bradley.

While discussing the new law, she stated,

We made a promise to keep children safe from harmful pornographic content online and that is exactly what we are doing. [...] Only adults should be allowed to view such content and we have appointed a regulator, BBFC, to make sure the right age checks are in place to make that happen.

Bradley continued, and said,

If sites refuse to comply, they should be blocked.

OOF, OK... so this is serious.

Great.

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The BBFC, better known as the The British Board of Film Classification, will eventually have the power to block porn sites that don't require an age verification system from internet service providers.

Something tells me not too many folks are going to be thrilled about this change. I know I wouldn't want to be added to the list of people watching porn.

Certain privacy groups feel the same way and have made it clear this might not be the best idea.

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The groups have warned that the new law could possibly create lists of porn viewers, which could allegedly lead to risky personal leaks. (Remember the Ashley Madison debacle?)

The law will be brought to the Digital Economy Bill later this month, Metro reports.

If you're doing the dirty in Britain and don't want to provide the internet with your personal information, you might want to figure out a different way to enjoy your solo pastime.

Citations: Metro