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Britain to make porn sites check that users are at least 18

A regulator will have the power to fine those that fail to comply.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children says the move will protect young people from “deeply damaging” imagery.

But the Open Rights Group says the rule may let websites build up databases of users’ personal information and porn habits. Executive director Jim Killick said Monday that the information “could be vulnerable to Ashley Madison-style hacks.” In 2015, hackers stole details of millions of users of the infidelity website.




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.