USA, UK, France: laws to prevent minors from accessing online porn
They are called Age Verification Law and serve to block the entry of girls and boys to porn sites to preserve the free development of their sexuality which is profoundly disturbed by those misogynistic and violent models. The last to approve was Virginia after Louisiana, Arkansas, Utah and Mississippi. And a dozen other American states are gearing up. It is also being discussed in Europe, starting with France which has a law in the pipeline. So in the UK where the law would be in force from 2024. It's time to talk about it in Italy too

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Terrible is the story of those almost-children who, during a New Year's Eve party organized with spirits, drugs and condoms in a villa in the Florentine area, abused two of their peers - both twelve-year-olds - filming the abuse as is now customary and sharing videos via chat. Discovered by chance by the mother of one of them who did not hesitate to report the matter to the Postal Police, the affair would see 9 of the seventeen children who participated in the party investigated.

The consumption of online pornography from an early age is a real emergency because it imposes models of violent sexuality that minors replicate as if on a set -video footage is an obligatory complement- devastating not only the victims of rape but also the abusive children themselves whose free sexual development is permanently compromised, as reported by the young star etwitnessed by many of his peers. (you can find other texts on the subject here)

Little girls and boys are real objects grooming by the pornography industry.

As you will see - we anticipated it hereAge Verification Laws have already been approved in various US states - laws that introduce the obligation of age verification devices to access sites porn-.

This is also being discussed in Europe and the UK, where a law is expected to be passed soon.

In Italy the topic has not yet been put on the political agenda.

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USA

Last July 1st Virginia passed a law to verify the age of those who access online porn. A similar law was already in force in Louisiana. Access will only be permitted after showing your digital ID. The responsibility for applying the new rules falls on the sites that spread pornography.

There Free Speech Coalition is mobilizing against the change in the law and is considering legal action. They were also relieved privacy and security concerns. L'Electronic Frontier Foundation he has declared: Once information is shared to verify age, there is no way for a website visitor to be certain that the data they are handing over will not be retained and used by the website, or further shared or even sold.” 

Following the approval of the law, the site Pornhub has blocked users in Virginia in protest, claiming that traffic will decrease 80% permanently if the rules are implemented while “irresponsible” and more easily accessible platforms that violate the rules will gain users. 

Meanwhile in April, theArkansas followed Utah and Mississippi in limiting children's use of social media: Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders signed the legislation which forces minors to obtain the parental permission before creating an account on many online platforms.

Another dozen states, including California, are debating regulations requiring users to confirm their age before logging in. The problem remains of how to check the many websites of companies that operate outside the United States.

UK

The Online Safety Act of the United Kingdom could be approved shortly to come into force in 2024. The new rule will force all platforms hosting pornographic material and operating in the UK to take “effective measures” to ensure that viewers are over 18. The bill states that technology managers will be held “personally responsible” for children's safety.

Biometrics - both vocal and facial– could constitute one of the main control devices. Also here privacy concerns. Monica Horten, free expression policy manager at Open Rights Group, said a BBC News that the processing of large pools of children's biometric data by private companies should worry parents. But the bill appears to enjoy the support of a majority of Britons. A survey by the GB News television channel found that the 78% of the British public support the idea of using age verification systems.

EUROPE

Also Germany, Spain, France and Belgium They are studying regulations that block minors' access to online porn. In particular the France, where the new rule should come into force within the year, a real tug of war has been going on for months between the government and the hard digital giants. A law to protect minors has already been in force since 2020, with the introduction of a self-certification button which turned out easily circumvented: last May an Arcom report - the public authority that regulates audiovisual and digital communication - certified that a third of French minors browse hard sites at least once a month starting from the age of 10-11. The device is therefore not enough and you are thinking of one identity certification via an external platform before accessing the sites. Another hypothesis is the insertion of a credit card which in France cannot be issued to children under 16 years of age. Even in France the porn business is online, talking about the right to anonymity. For his part the French government calls on other European countries to take coordinated action to give greater strength to child protection initiatives.

Marina Terragni


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