German authorities are forcing internet service providers to block porn sites that don’t have age verification systems. According to German law, porn sites must restrict access to users who are 18 or older.

But now, the authorities think that these sites need to impose stricter age verification systems. That will bring along all the privacy issues and complications like technical difficulty, censorship, etc.

German regulators are pushing telecoms like Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone to enforce DNS (Domain Name System) to impose blocks against porn sites including Pornhub and YouPorn.

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German regulators are pushing telecoms to impose blocks against porn sites including Pornhub and YouPorn.

To put it simply, the DNS system is basically the internet’s phonebook via which domain names are translated into IP addresses for web navigation. By blocking Pornhub, German internet users can no longer type into their browser “pornhub.com.” Apparently, major porn sites will face the risk of losing their web traffic from the European country.

But this tactic isn’t foolproof. German youth can easily evade these blocks by downloading a browser plugin or using an alternate DNS provider. A VPN can help them bypass these laws as it creates an encrypted bridge from the device of a user to a server somewhere around the world.

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German youth can easily evade these blocks by downloading a browser plugin or using an alternate DNS provider.

A simpler way is just dropping into their browser the IP address of that site and then visit it without going through DNS. Moreover, it seems like German regulators are only targeting the largest sites. This means that internet users can visit porn sites that are lesser-known and watch them uninhibited. The authorities worry that children can learn “abnormal sexual practices” from these websites.

For example, the UK doesn’t have a framework to verify users’ ages. So proposals include verification via text messages, providing credit card confirmation, etc.

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Proposals include verification via text messages, providing credit card confirmation, etc.

Alex Hawkins, xHamster’s vice president, a very popular porn site, said that it was a positive idea to protect minors from online adult content. But what the authorities were trying to do was to censor some big market players only while leaver smaller sites unsupervised. So it could hardly protect minors, he added.

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