Online Pornography: Age Verification

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:37 am on 20th June 2019.

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Photo of John Whittingdale John Whittingdale Conservative, Maldon 11:37 am, 20th June 2019

Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that this is not the first time that a DCMS measure has had to be reintroduced because of a failure to notify the EU Commission? I hope that that problem will soon be removed, but while it exists, will he use this extra time to ensure that we get the measure right? There are still concerns on the grounds of freedom of speech and privacy, and about the ease with which measures can be circumvented through the use of virtual private networks. Will he raise similar concerns with the Information Commissioner to ensure that the age appropriate design code is right? It is much more important that it is properly designed than that it is rushed into place.