Few industries have felt the same pushback as SexTech. It seems that no matter how valuable, unique, or innovative a product or service is—involving SexTech in the equation inspires prudes to throw up roadblocks. The SexTech industry is resilient and made up of passionate designers, creatives, marketers, and others who simply aren’t willing to take No for an answer. That has led to some fun an...
When we think of the French, sexual prudishness doesn’t generally follow. But they may have their pantaloons in a bunch over how many children have easy access to online porn. The UK recently spent nearly $3 million on a PornBlock law that never really got off the ground. Now France is following suit with a new law mandating that porn sites maintain an age-verification function that would keep those under 18 from viewing adult content.
AVN reports that the French government is poised to take action against those sites that do not verify ages. But what’s the mechanism for this? Most sites already ask users for their age. Underage users promptly lie, and nothing gets done about it. How will this be different?
Some say that the identification needed to verify age would present enormous privacy issues for users. Employees at age-verification-companies would have access to information from countless users—including their full name, age, and what type of porn they like. Despite being the 22nd most populous country, France is #5 in overall visitors to PornHub.
Meanwhile, the UK law that had been abandoned by Parliament may rise again. This week, a British court ruled that the UK Secretary of Government Culture was not within her authority when she stopped the age-verification law. Further, the tech gurus who developed the age-verification software claimed in a lawsuit that they spent millions on the project—the sudden shutdown of which made their time and monetary investment almost worthless.
It’s unclear whether age-verification laws will come to pass in Britain or France. The end result will almost certainly involve some loss of privacy for porn users. As an American, this writer wonders what the big deal is—as France and Britain already show far more sexual content on TV than we do on this side of the pond.