Porn Block Delayed...

Porn Block Delayed...

The porn block has now been delayed, we are expecting an official announcement today. In a big win for privacy campaigners, the government has decided to delay the legislation indefinitely.

With a delay of over a year, the DCMS announced on the 17 April that the age verification scheme, commonly known as ‘the porn block’ would come into force on the 15 July. The world's first scheme proposed to prevent young people ‘stumbling across’ pornographic sites by checking the age of every porn watcher in the UK has again been pushed back due to privacy concerns.

Campaigners fear that they would enable widespread tracking of porn watchers’ identities and browsing habits, creating the potential for widespread hacking with the potential to blackmail users and cause embarrassment.

When laying down the BBFC’s guidance in Parliament late 2018. The DCMS failed to notify the European Commission for its legal basis of age verification. The age verification scheme was first proposed in the Conservative manifesto of 2015, with the then Culture Secretary Sajid Javid warned the restrictions it imposed were essential for ‘protection children’. Whilst we all agree that this is a big issue that requires action, this cannot happen at the expense of people's right to a private life and as we saw with the Ashley Madison scandal, breaches of this nature have the potential to damage lives in a big way, causing upset and harm not only to the individual but their families and the companies they work for.

As technology progresses and the use of online passports becomes commonplace, the technology restrictions currently preventing adequate protection for children and young people will be removed, or at least mitigated to acceptable levels to allow a safe technological solution. As a parent myself, I believe my best counter to this issue is education, not just at the state level, but first and foremost a parental level. The DCMS time would be better spent working with other government agencies to produce a toolkit for parents to facilitate personal and social education of their children in the home.

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