UK clamps down on porn

The UK government under David Cameron, has decided to push a law forward with protecting children from online predators and sexual images because adults have “neglected our responsibility” by enabling mandatory filters across the UK that will block out pornography by default.

For the new setup, the default setting on new Internet connections will be to filter out pornographic content. The adult owner of the connection would have to choose to deactivate the filter if they wanted access to such material.

Cameron claims that over a third of children in the U.K. have received a sexually explicit text or email, and one quarter said they had seen pornography that upset them.

Under the changes already agreed to by the U.K.’s largest Internet providers:

  • The default filter setting will be ‘on’ for all new Internet connections;
  • By the end of 2014, all existing customers will have to choose whether to install the family-friendly filter;
  • Only someone 18 or older, who set up the account, can choose to remove the filter;
  • Mobile phones will automatically block adult content;
  • Family-friendly filters will be applied to all public Wi-Fi connections;
  • All devices using a home Wi-Fi connection will also block adult content.

Cameron is also aiming at the big search engines such as Google and Bing by suggesting a clear and simple warning page will be put up on sites where child abuse has been identified and removed. If someone arrives at one of those pages, they will be told immediately that they are trying to visit a site containing illegal images.

Under the new rules, it will also be illegal to possess online pornography depicting rape.

Unsure of what the reaction will be in the UK, but I’m sure there will be some who will be against the law because infringement of rights, etc.

If  some are technical enough in computers [and I am sure they are], there are plenty of ways [which I won’t mention] to bypass the law in the UK. So those who need their porn fix will eventually find their ways to get their jollies.

[Update 2013/07/26:] There is already one member of parliament in Canada who suggests that Canada should follow similar law and rules.

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