The UK is introducing an internet porn block

From 15 July 2019, a new, unprecedented UK law will force porn websites to verify that local visitors are over the age of 18, using a passport, driver’s licence, or other valid ID, or a “porn pass” purchased (probably kind of awkwardly) from a shop. Websites that fail to comply with this regulation could be blocked by internet service providers.

The law applies to commercial porn websites that charge visitors or make money from ads (so, most of them?), and excludes websites like Reddit and Imgur. For now.

“We know that pornography is available on some social media platforms and we expect those platforms to do a lot more to create a safer environment for children,” a Department of Digital Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) explains to the BBC. “If we do not see action then we do not rule out legislating in the future to force companies to take responsibility for protecting vulnerable users from the potentially harmful content that they host.”

Not unexpectedly, this is controversial, with critics citing obvious data privacy concerns and VPN services that could conveniently bypass those checks or ISP blocks anyway.

And besides, it’s not even what you think, mom.

“The government needs to compel companies to enforce privacy standards. The idea that they are ‘optional’ is dangerous and irresponsible. Having some age verification that is good and other systems that are bad is unfair and a scammer’s paradise – of the government’s own making,” Jim Killock, the executive director of the Open Rights Group, tells The Guardian. “Data leaks could be disastrous, and they will be the government’s own fault. The government needs to shape up and legislate for privacy before their own policy results in people being outed, careers destroyed or suicides being provoked.”

And omg, who knew Linda in accounts was into… that?

LOL SO RANDOM
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