People in the UK will have to prove they are 18 before being allowed to access pornography websites from next year, the government is to announce.
Websites will be legally required to install age verification controls by April 2018 as part of a move to make the internet safer for children.
Users may be asked to provide credit card details, as gambling websites do.
Companies breaking the rules set out in the Digital Economy Act face being blocked by their internet provider.
Under the plans, firms supplying payment and other services to the pornography websites could be notified about any breach.
A regulatory body will be asked to oversee and enforce the new rules.
It is thought this could be the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) which already sets age limits for films.
The BBFC used to rate the suitability of computer games for certain ages but Pan European Game Information (PEGI) now does this.
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