A Canadian Senate committee amending the Liberal government's controversial Bill C-11 has added the requirement for online platforms to verify the age/identity of users accessing pornography, a move internet law experts say is likely unconstitutional.
Sen. Julie Miville-Dechene proposed the amendment, stating that online undertakings shall implement methods such as age-verification methods to prevent children from accessing programs on the internet that are devoted to depicting, for a sexual purpose,
explicit sexual activity. The committee passed the amendment, with seven senators voting in favour, five opposing it and two abstaining.
The amended version of the legislation must be approved by the full Senate and then go back to the House of
Commons before it becomes law. #
It if does pass into law, it would be up to the CRTC to decide how to implement the age verification requirement.