Should New Zealanders have to enter a credit card number to watch porn online?

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New Zealand experts say a radical proposal in Britain to make people enter their credit card details to prove they are over 18 before accessing porn sites won't work.

It's illegal to supply sexual material to those under 18, but most websites have few ways to check this.
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In New Zealand it's illegal to supply sexual material to anyone under 18, but most websites have few ways to check this.

"We have those legislative safeguards, how we enforce them is always a difficult thing," said Sean Lyons, Netsafe Director Of Outreach.

Netsafe also says there are privacy and security issues when you ask people to supply credit card details. 

"There's a potential for us to build data bases of people who are accessing adult content, which could then be a target for hacking attacks," Mr Lyons said. 

Former Kiwi porn king Steve Crowe says the UK plan is a waste of time.

"Little Johnny can go and steal dad's credit card. If he really wants to see something, he can get mum’s credit card," said Mr Crowe, who made his living from adult entertainment for years. 

Recent studies show a third of all internet bandwidth is used to view pornography, and nine out of 10 men admit to watching porn in the last year. 

Associate Professor Jan Jordan of Victoria University says there has always been a market for pornography.

"But what the internet has done has made it so easily, quickly, globally accessible that anyone can just dial up the most sadistic pornography just from their own home any night," she said.

Accessing pornography is just a click away, but making sure children can't watch it is a growing challenge.

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