The UK Will Soon Keep a Permanent Record of Everyone Who Watches Porn

Discussion in 'privacy problems' started by Minimalist, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. Beyonder

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  2. mirimir

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    As I read this, it's not the government per se that will keep records. But of course, they'll have access to them, so it's a moot point.

    The Digital Economy Act 2017 will require commercial pornographic websites to verify that users are at least 18 years of age. Implementation is expected before 2019. Failure to comply will be punished by substantial fines, and also pressure on commercial partners to deny services. Also, ISPs will be required to block access to pornographic websites, and customers must explicitly opt out to allow access. Although there will be far less regulation of social media, informal providers of pornographic content may be prosecuted, or at least penalized indirectly through payment processors etc.

    So yes, there will be records for those who watch porn, held both by ISPs and by commercial providers. It's not clear what sorts of credentials will be acceptable as proof of age. Possibilities include passports, driving licenses, voting records, credit cards and mobile accounts. But whatever, proof will involve disclosing identity, both to ISPs and to providers.

    I've read that age-verification data will be covered by the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). But then, the UK will be leaving the EU, so just what data protections will apply. And even though the UK government won't be keeping these records, "lawful access" is explicitly allowed under GDPR. But perhaps the greatest risk is data breaches.

    But of course, UK residents can just use VPN services to evade all of this, by using servers in countries that don't restrict access to pornography. ISPs won't know what their customers are accessing, and commercial pornographic websites won't know that their customers are subject to UK law.
     
  3. mood

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    UK.gov to press ahead with online smut checks (but expects £10m in legals in year 1)
    If you punt 33% pr0n or less, you're in the clear, say draft rules
    October 17, 2018

    https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/10/17/age_verification_legislation_bbfc/
     
  4. deBoetie

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    The age-verification is an obvious smokescreen for identity verification, because the mechanisms considered in the Guidance rather obviously ties to your identity even though via third party (credit card, driving licence, mobile phone). Rather obviously, a record will be kept which links you to one of those numbers, and they are widely available on criminal and government databases.

    To add to this, government will spend public money making access to justice extremely expensive (i.e. impossible for anyone but the rich).
     
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    Shheesh we should of never had allowed the plebs to read with free public librarys, never mind the right to justice.
     
  6. Palancar

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    After reading through this thread it seems painfully obvious to me that VPN chains and TOR will easily take folks "technologically out of the country" therefore voiding a trail. Even without this law I would think a user would disappear just because they can and should obfuscate their activities.
     
  7. mirimir

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    Yeah, but (as they freely admit) people can easily get around all that, by using VPN services. So whatever.
     
  8. mood

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    UK gov plans to extend porn age checks to social media sites
    November 14, 2018
    https://www.theinquirer.net/inquire...-extend-porn-age-checks-to-social-media-sites
     
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    https://cdn.someecards.com/posts/tumblroebs6bwcdw1uexy74o11280-dtJkof.jpg

    As others said, this will promote the usage of VPNs to teens, so they'll be more "tech-savvy", which I think is a good thing
     
  10. mood

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    More nodding dogs green-light terrible UK.gov pr0n age verification plans
    January 4, 2019
    https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/01/04/uk_age_verification_smut_more_nodding_dogs/
     
  11. mirimir

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    Hey, just look it as promotion for VPN use. More general VPN use means a larger crowd to hide in. And porn lover are a huge crowd.

    Yet another example of sharpening the conflict between privacy and authoritarianism :)
     
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    Now you know why free public libraries are closing down.
     
  13. Minimalist

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    Everything we know about the UK's plan to block online porn
    https://www.wired.co.uk/article/porn-block-ban-in-the-uk-age-verifcation-law
     
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