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Protection of minors: Porn sites in the sights of the media guard

2019-11-08T17:22:49.973Z

The State Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia wants to act against foreign porn sites - because they often do not check the age of their users.




The State Department for Media (LMA) in North Rhine-Westphalia is against against popular in Germany providers of online pornography. The media guardians suspect a violation of the State Treaty on Youth Media Protection, because the providers do not age check the users.

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Anyone who enters their addresses of the providers in question in his web browser will immediately be confronted with hard pornography. Several of these providers, according to the Web ranking service Alexa, are among the top 20 websites in Germany.

The enforcement of German law is likely to be difficult because at least two of the companies reside in Cyprus. Tobias Schmid, Director of the State Media Authority NRW, does not want to be put off and make an example of this. "The danger for the protection of minors does not diminish, just because she comes from abroad," he says. Schmid has already contacted the media wardens in Cyprus.

In addition, the LMA wants to prevent unauthorized Kaufapelle in the smartphone app "Coin Master", which is currently being tested for the risk of children and adolescents to a possible indexing out. "Coin Master" belongs to the genre of simulated gambling and is criticized by youth advocates as an entry-level drug for classic casino games. In this case, following an exchange with the Israeli authorities, the media wardens have asked Tel Aviv's Moon Active provider to comment.

In mid-November, several European regulators in Brussels want to strengthen, among other things, a revision of the e-commerce directive. It should make it easier for media outlets to prosecute infringements by foreign providers.

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Source: spiegel

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