June 11, 2024

Pornography websites sue Indiana over new law requiring stricter age verification

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An Indiana law set to take effect July 1, 2024 requires websites that host material harmful to minors to require stricter age verification. - Photo illustration by Lauren Chapman / IPB News

An Indiana law set to take effect July 1, 2024 requires websites that host material harmful to minors to require stricter age verification.

Photo illustration by Lauren Chapman / IPB News

A group of pornography website operators are suing the state of Indiana over a new law that requires stricter age verification for sites that have adult content.

The operators want a judge to block the law from taking effect July 1.

The law, SEA 17, requires sites with “material harmful to minors” to verify their customers’ ages with a mobile driver’s license or government ID (which Indiana doesn’t provide) or through a third-party service that verifies the customer’s age.

If they don’t, the law bans them from operating in Indiana.
 


 

The adult platforms and their trade association, the Free Speech Coalition, said the measure is unconstitutional censorship. They argued the age verification requirement is both vague and won’t protect children because it’s easy to circumvent.

Attorney General Todd Rokita called the law a common-sense effort to shield children from pornography.
 


 

Brandon is our Statehouse bureau chief. Contact him at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

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