Louisiana law requires ID verification to access adult websites

Many of you may be familiar with the common pop-up message asking people to verify that they are 18 years of age or older before accessing a porn site. However, in Louisiana, people must begin providing legal proof that they are a legal adult before accessing adult websites.

Act 440 goes into effect in early 2023

The law, called Act 440, officially goes into effect on January 1, 2023. The law focuses on protecting people under the age of 18 from “commercial organizations that distribute material harmful to minors.” underage” (pornography).

To ensure that only adults can access such web material, Louisiana requires websites with “significant amounts” of sexually explicit material—more than 33.1%—to confirm the age of users.

A screen recording posted to Twitter shows an example of what users in Louisiana might see. The video shows the advertised individual creating an account on Allpasstrust to access PornHub, which will provide personal information for age verification purposes through LA Wallet.

How do people react to the law?

At this point, we should add that—while the act is called a “privacy ticking time bomb” PCMag—sites are prohibited from storing user identification information.

“A commercial entity found to have knowingly withheld an individual’s identifying information after access has been granted to that individual will be liable to that individual for damages resulting from withholding of identifying information, including court costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees as required by the court.”

However, the issue is at least controversial, as some feel it is a move that comes from 1984. People also pointed out how the law would impact vulnerable communities the most, while others felt as though Louisiana had bigger issues to deal with beyond pornography.

However, other users fully support the law, and some have even called on states like Texas to follow Louisiana’s lead.

Some tech-savvy users also spread the word about using virtual private networks (VPNs) to circumvent the law.

What do you think of this new Louisiana law and how would you feel if your state followed suit?


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