By David Wilcock, Whitehall Correspondent For Mailonline
Published: 14:27 BST, 16 October 2019 | Updated: 15:06 BST, 16 October 2019
Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan announced that a new law forcing people to prove they are 18 or over to access content would not be going ahead
Plans to introduce the world's first online porn law designed to stop children accessing pictures and videos were shelved by the government today.
Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan announced that a new law forcing people to prove they are 18 or over to access content would not be going ahead.
The legislation had already been delayed twice, including in July, after organisations including the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) questioned how effective it would be.
In a written statement to MPs today Ms Morgan said the Government 'will not be commencing Part Three of the Digital Economy Act 2017 concerning age verification for online pornography'.
'The Digital Economy Act objectives will therefore be delivered through our proposed online harms regulatory regime.' she wrote.
'This course of action will give the regulator discretion on the most effective means for companies to meet their duty of care.'
Shadow culture secretary Tom Watson said: 'Mistakes, mishaps and multiple delays have characterised this Government's attempts to introduce Age Verification.
Under the scheme adult websites would have had to provide their own verification software, which would then have to meet standards and checks carried out by the British Board of Film Classification (file image posed by models)
Age restrictions on viewing adult videos and images, the first in the world, were announced by then Digital Minister Margot James in April
'They've now dropped the pretence and admitted they aren't going to implement it after all.
'This whole process has been a shambles, and the Government must declare how much public money has been spent on this failed policy. The new online harms regulation must not meet the same fate.
The new law was designed to force Britons wanting to visit porn websites to prove they were old enough to do so.
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