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Submission + - Porn age-checks risk pushing children to dark web, officials warn (bbc.com)

AmiMoJo writes: UK government is concerned age-checks on porn sites could push children towards "more extreme material" on the dark web, it has emerged. From May people will have to prove they are 18 before accessing UK websites. Ministers say the move is part of a plan to make the UK "the safest place in the world for children to be online". But officials have set out the potential risks of the policy in an impact assessment report. "The potential for online fraud could raise significantly, as criminals adapt approaches in order to make use of false AV systems/spoof websites and access user data." And it adds: "There is also a risk that both adults and children may be pushed towards ToR where they could be exposed to illegal activities and more extreme material."
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