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UK plan to control online porn is watched as test case

• https://www.apnews.com By KELVIN CHAN

The British government wants to require porn websites to verify their users are adults. The effort is being watched by other countries hoping to better regulate pornographic content but has raised concerns about privacy, censorship and competition. It has run into multiple delays that reflect the confusion surrounding it.

"It's a mess," said Jim Killock, of the London-based Open Rights Group, a digital civil liberties group.

Killock says the government's blueprints for its online "porn block" don't do enough to protect personal data. Others believe the plan amounts to economic censorship. And many fear the rules would effectively give more power to a little known company that dominates the internet porn industry.

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