UK Government Wants Permanent Record Of Porn Watching Habits of Citizens

in news •  8 months ago

The UK government is proposing tracking online users’ porn browsing habits in a move that will make “The Minority Report” and George Orwell’s 1984 look weak as we head into a dystopian surveilled Orwellian society.

1984 wasn’t an instruction manual but governments keep thinking it’s a play-by-play of how to spy on civilians; but this time they may have crossed the line violating users’ privacy rights.

Last summer, the British government passed the Digital Economy Act of 2017, which updated laws and regulations for broadband services. One provision of the bill was designed to prevent underage kids from accessing pornography, requiring visitors to porn sites to provide proof they are over 18 years old mandatory by April 2018.

The British Board of Film and Classification (BBFC), will oversee the implementation of the regulations, but the government will leave this up to the pornography industry themselves to implement.

Under the new law, porn sites are threatened with a fine of £250,000 ($335,000) if they are caught failing to verify the age of any of their users. Payment processors such as Visa, Mastercard, etc. could be notified if their client is breaking the law, and might be ordered to terminate payments.

Numerous options for confirming a person’s age are being considered. For example, porn sites could ask credit card companies to validate birth dates, or contract a third-party company to follow an individual’s social media feed. But they all involve keeping a person’s private information on the website, which could pose a potential security risk given past hacks of porn sites and more notably the hack of Ashley Madison, an extramarital affair website which hackers were able to link online accounts back with account holders through just an email address. That hack included the outing of bankers, civil servants, UN peacekeepers, firefighters, NHS staff, BBC journalists, police officers and even Vatican employees, The Telegraph reported.

The UK for years has been trying to ban certain genres of pornography from being produced, but this is an abhorrent privacy violation and puts citizens of the UK at risk for blackmail simply from their porn-viewing habits.

In 2014, the Audiovisual Media Services Regulations introduced a series f restrictions on the pornography produced and sold in the UK as an amendment to the 2003 Communications Act, The Independent reported. These sex acts included spanking, caning, aggressive whipping, penetration by any object “associated with violence,” physical or verbal abuse (regardless of being consensual), urolagnia (known as “water sports”), role-playing as non-adults, physical restraint, humiliation, female ejaculation, strangulation, facesitting and fisting, with the last three being labeled “life threatening.”

One year prior, disgraced UK prime minister David Cameron tried but failed to block porn all together in households in the UK by setting up a law where Internet providers would be required to censor all porn unless users chose to receive it, using the reasoning that porn was “corroding childhood,” BBC reported.

I want to talk about the internet, the impact it is having on the innocence of our children, how online pornography is corroding childhood.

And how, in the darkest corners of the internet, there are things going on that are a direct danger to our children, and that must be stamped out.

I’m not making this speech because I want to moralise or scaremonger, but because I feel profoundly as a politician, and as a father, that the time for action has come. This is, quite simply, about how we protect our children and their innocence.

Last year a report stated that while UK law should be used to prosecute for genuinely non-consensual porn, child pornography, revenge pornography, bestiality, and necrophilia, it does not mean those who are engaging in consensual adult fetish, kink or BDSM should face jail.

“The extreme porn ban criminalizes depictions of sex acts even if they are safely performed by consenting adults,” Nick Cowen, author of the report, wrote. “We have seen the law used, in particular, to target and expose gay men. Each such case represents a personal tragedy and a disgraceful use of our criminal justice system’s scarce resources,” he added.

The bill is marketed as a way to protect children; and while some of the affirmed acts mentioned above may seem extreme, if it is between two consenting adults it should be no one’s business but their own.

“The government is committed to keeping children safe from harmful pornographic content online and that is exactly what we are doing,” Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport said. “Only adults should be allowed to view such content.”

This new proposal, combined with existing laws, seems to be a way for the government not only to police content and who watches content but to keep a database on what is being watched and by whom. It seems “insane” that this is even being considered.

Written by @an0nkn0wledge for @ActivistPost

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Leonard Cohen comes to mind

«Everybody knows that the naked man and woman
Are just a shining artifact of the past
Everybody knows the scene is dead
But there's gonna be a meter on your bed
That will disclose
What everybody knows »

https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/leonardcohen/thefuture.html
https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/leonardcohen/everybodyknows.html

I see the UK is seeping further into the ether even than the US. We still have insanely draconian laws in regard to women and their ability to use and profit from their sexual market value. There is little to no representation for sex workers and it is an absolute shame. California passed a condom law, which nearly all porn stars opposed, and the rights of strip club workers is even more laughable.

Women in pussy hats yell about women's rights, but I have yet to hear about the right for women (and men in this instance) to fully capitalize on their sexual market values. If we are to be a free society, (and a safer one) prostitution should be legalized, and someone should form a worker's union for sex workers.

I think in this instance, if certain porn that should be legal becomes illegal, it will only grow the black market and the terrible things that exist there will flourish.

They know everything you do anyway. Big deal.
Next they might tell you it would have prevented jimmy savelle from dittlling lil boys. Big Brother is watching.

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Wow, I wonder how close this is to becoming a law? Do you think this will decrease the overall number of people watching or only increase the black market for it?

The day will come, when I cut of my internet connection and shut down my mobile phone...

Sex is needed for every healthy person. If any person avoids sex it means he is not a perfectly healthy man , This types of man who are weak in sex creat many laws against sex in their country. This is a universal truth.

I understand that broadcasting and promoting non consensual porn is a big issue. As the fact that children may have access to inapropriate content.
However is the solution wished by the government very effective?
Isn't it the solution to enforced the underground market by putting thousand of person in illegal situation?
Then, how do you put the limit between moral and immoral ? It can be very subjective matters and even though some topics are scandalous for everyone, others are matter of discussion. Isn't it the first step to moralise and control sexual freedom.
Finally, controll identity, keeping private informations? Seriously, this is the most frightening point of this law when we know everything that could be made when the right information falls into the wrong hands.
As you said, 1984 seems to loose it's warning purpose by becoming a scheme governments are trying to follow....
Hope this won't last and people would react !

NSA has a permanent record of all the porn habits of Americans already.