Under the draft rules, internet companies are expected to introduce strict new age checks on their websites or treat all users as if they are children.Like government departments do, you mean?
Critics have said that the move will 'infantilise' web users and severely limit online advertising, potentially driving local newspapers to collapse and causing serious harm to national titles.But who knows best?
In response to the criticism, the Information Commission Elizabeth Denham said yesterday that the code would not lead to additional verification requirements for news sites. She said: 'We want to encourage children to find out about the world, we want children to access news sites.
'So the concern about the impact of the code on media and editorial comment and journalism I think is unfounded.'You think, eh?
She told the immersive and addictive technologies select committee: 'We don't think there will be an impact on news media sites. They are already regulated and we are not a media regulator.'I don't think you've thought this through...