Local German Efforts to Enforce AV Laws Concern Privacy, Free Expression Advocates

COLOGNE, Germany — A state-sponsored effort in Germany hardening of intrusive age verification schemes to target specific leading adult platforms — including Pornhub, YouPorn and MyDirtyHobby — has raised alarm among privacy and freedom of sexual expression advocates.

As XBIZ has been reporting, the crusade to enforce state regulations on adult content has been spearheaded by an obscure local bureaucrat named Tobias Schmid since November 2019.

According to an extensive report by Vice journalist Gabriel Geiger published today, Schmid has been redoubling his efforts “to enforce existing mandatory age laws on porn sites like Pornhub, YouPorn, and xHamster.

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