Cyber Intelligence Director Mark Tibbs has been quoted in Infosecurity magazine, discussing the DCMS age verification scheme. The scheme, under which access to pornographic material to anyone unable to prove their age would have been prevented, was meant to come into force in July 2019 but has been pushed back 'indefinitely'.
Commenting on the potential consequences of the scheme Mark said, “Underage porn seekers and even adults not wanting to give over their personal information are likely to quickly find services to hide their true identities and bypass the controls. It will possibly even drive determined porn seekers onto alternative platforms such as the dark web, which are harder for governments to regulate, and may be more likely to expose users to illegal content. It may even stimulate an illicit black market of stolen accounts and identities, giving budding hackers even more reason to steal online identities."
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