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Government error delays online pornography age-check scheme

A scheme hoping to stop under-18s stumbling across adult content was due to come into force in July.
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An age-check scheme designed to stop under-18s viewing pornographic websites has been delayed a second time.

The changes – which mean UK internet users may have to prove their age – were due to start on 15 July after already being delayed from April 2018.

The culture secretary confirmed the postponement saying the government had failed to tell European regulators about the plan.

Completing the notification process could take up to six months.

In the House of Commons, Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright said an “important notification process was not undertaken for an element of this policy”.