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UK Government Confirm Move to Force ISPs into Blocking “Adult” Sites

22 Nov 2016 19:51 - 22 Nov 2016 19:51 #51358 by cbaby
Not sure if this is the right forum for this but it's relevant to people in the UK.

www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/2016/11/uk...ing-adult-sites.html

As expected the Government has officially announced that Mobile and fixed line broadband providers in the United Kingdom will soon be forced into the mandatory blocking of all “adult” websites; specifically those that fail to offer an adequate method of age-verification for their visitors.

Naturally the Government focuses all of its energy on the word “pornographic“, while the legislation itself tends to prefer the much less specific “adult content” (i.e. open to interpretation and mission creep). We’ve seen in the past how dating websites, as well as sites that support victims of self-harm, social networks, sites that express different political views and medical sites can often end up being blocked because they are deemed to contain “adult content“.


Sometimes I wonder if what limited freedom we have here in the UK is getting flushed evermore down the toilet.
Last edit: 22 Nov 2016 19:51 by cbaby.
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22 Nov 2016 20:24 #51359 by magicalerotica
If all it requires to for a user to bypass this "adult check" is to click on a button indicating that they are over 18, then it's not that bad. There has to be a middle ground. Most sites operate this way anyhow. As long as the government gives a warning and a reasonable compliance delay, then it shouldn't be a problem. I remember how traumatized I was when I saw Ghostbusters for the first time, and I can understand parents having their children's best interest at heart. I don't think it's asking for much, personally.

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22 Nov 2016 21:49 #51360 by Helstar

magicalerotica wrote: I remember how traumatized I was when I saw Ghostbusters for the first time

Ghostbusters ? :huh:

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22 Nov 2016 22:31 #51361 by Woodclaw

Helstar wrote:

magicalerotica wrote: I remember how traumatized I was when I saw Ghostbusters for the first time

Ghostbusters ? :huh:


I was able to watch past the librarian scene for ages.

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22 Nov 2016 23:11 #51364 by cbaby
They're not talking about just a "click if you're over 18" button, they're talking about “tough age verification measures” which I can assume to mean something a bit more complex.

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23 Nov 2016 00:54 #51366 by LustMonster

cbaby wrote: They're not talking about just a "click if you're over 18" button, they're talking about “tough age verification measures” which I can assume to mean something a bit more complex.


Do you like dark chocolate?

[] Yes
[] No

I think that ought to cover it.
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23 Nov 2016 11:44 #51372 by Woodclaw

LustMonster wrote:

cbaby wrote: They're not talking about just a "click if you're over 18" button, they're talking about “tough age verification measures” which I can assume to mean something a bit more complex.


Do you like dark chocolate?

[] Yes
[] No

I think that ought to cover it.


I think it will be a tinsy bit more elaborate ... and I know a few people who would fail that test.

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24 Nov 2016 04:03 #51379 by bionicskillz
Anytime a government tries to regulate something it makes it worse. This has to fail and people have to stop relying on corrupt politicians to police social behavior.

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27 Nov 2016 03:59 #51417 by erikphandel
I'd say this is relevant to the forum, since, with such a vague term as "adult content", the government could block this very site. We would lose all users from the UK here

And here I thought Cameron was bad because he was spineless. What the hell is May thinking with this "eighties-conservative-christian mom against music from hell" law?

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