As expected the Government has officially announced that Mobile and fixed line broadband providers in the United Kingdom will soon be forced into the mandatory blocking of all “adult” websites; specifically those that fail to offer an adequate method of age-verification for their visitors.
The new approach, which was first hinted at last month after Claire Perry MP tabled several directly related amendments (here), will be officially introduced as part of a change to the forthcoming Digital Economy Bill 2016-17.
However the idea itself has been on the table since last year (here), which is partly because the Government need a solution to help stop the EU’s new Net Neutrality rules from effectively banning network-level blocking systems (here); these are used by ISPs to censor websites, both voluntarily or following a court-order.
At present all of the biggest fixed line broadband ISPs and Mobile operators have already adopted a voluntary approach to blocking …