Government ID System For Porno Sites Killed Before It Even Starts

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So, the British Government misses the point King Canute was making once again. For they’ve decided that it’s the very terror of the age that those under 18 should get to see images of bonking. Thus it is necessary for all porno sites to have age verification.

You know, girls can get the pill at 13 or whatever, 14 year olds can decide upon their own abortions, at 16 any can shag whoever they like however, but to see a piccie of a nekkid tittie requires that one be 18. With a government ID to prove it.

Well, yes, that’s going to be effective, isn’t it?

Porn websites are highlighting loopholes in the ban on under-18s accessing them, as the watchdog admitted it will be powerless to stop tech-savvy teenagers circumventing it. The regulator acknowledged virtual private networks (VPNs) will allow users to evade age verification checks from July 15 by allowing under-aged users to create ghost accounts abroad that can access the porn sites. Although most VPNs require payment, MindGeek, the firm behind some of the world’s largest porn sites, has already released its own free VPN service, VPNHub, which allows users to disguise their location.

Canute’s point wasn’t that he could control the tides and waves. Rather, that fawning courtiers needed to learn the lesson of the limit to State competence. A thousand years later we’re still waiting for the lesson to sink in.