UK’s Porn Block delayed (yup, again) thanks to EU rules

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The UK government’s attempt to create a national database of people that access pornographic content under the guise of protecting children from accessing explicit material online has hit another delay.

The new regulations were due to come into effect on July 15, but  this could now be delayed indefinitely, due to the UK government failing to inform the European Commission about details of the scheme, which it is legally obliged to do.

This is the third major delay – at least – to the plan to require UK users to prove their age before accessing adult content online, and little has been done to allay fears that the law could lead to the leaking of sensitive personal information. Indeed, it remains to be seen how the UK could even hope to enforce its rules on non-UK based businesses.

Even if you’re worried about kids watching porn, there’s little reason to believe that a crudely implemented age verification system will make much difference. Users with a VPN will simply need to select a non-UK IP address to bypass the blocks. Hell, even browsers are considering implementing DNS encryption, which a government official has already admitted would make the rules unenforceable.

Whether or not the law will actually come into effect remains to be seen, but its negative effects are already being felt around the world, as several other countries look to follow the UK’s privacy-impinging example.

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  1. We all respect the need for protection of children – against everything. I wonder which does the most damage – pornography, or the promotion of gambling. I wonder also if the vast amount of tax income generated by gambling sites has anything to do with it not being under such scrutiny.

  2. Ever since the USA has a war in / of the Viet Nam failure, starting with Eisenhaur, and the eventual and complete failure of the war on drugs, starting with Nixon, the USA now prosecutes sex. The tv show PSYCH, a merely a humor, some police do take the psych’s seriously as they also take, seriously, the satanic worship nonsense. The they who are actually there and do take down the Berlin Wall show the entire fraud of USA anti-communism. The new enemy is SEX. NO … not homo sex. It is sex itself. No … Not whores nor prostitutes nor sex therapists. The new enemies are SEX plus climate change. If you think the end of the world does not exist, fine.

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