UK government proposes issuing Britons with unique porn-viewing ID numbers


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/10/18/uk-government-proposes-issuing.html


#2

Strength through purity; purity through risibly incompetent surveillance schemes; eh?


#3

I got in early. My porn number is 69. It’s funny because that particular number is also a sex thing!


#4

What the article sort of avoids saying is, this was a proposal by a group in BSI that went nowhere.


#5

Except that HMG says that this proposal explains how they’ll protect PII in a porn age-verification scheme.


#6

No cold dead hands joke? Wrong side of the puddle, I guess.


#7

Shouldn’t we, as a civilization, kind of… get over the fact that teens are interested in sex?


#8

What the living fuck is wrong with my country since about 2005? It’s gone fucking mental.


#9

From the same of-course-we-know-what-we’re-doing brigade that brought you Brexit…


#10

Seems taken as a given that teens looking at porn causes harm.

Does it? Have we conclusively established this?


#11

“User data in these systems will be especially sensitive, being linked to private sexual preferences and potentially impacting particularly badly on sexual minorities if it goes wrong, through data breaches or simple chilling effects. This data is regarded as particularly sensitive in law.”

When”. “When it goes wrong.”


#12

Oh you. It’s only funny because we haven’t elected Trump. Yet.

Please let us enjoy the desperately needed high ground while we can.


#13

The UK government says it wants to stop people under 18 from looking at pornography…

Nest step: stopping them from having actual sex, which is like porn but 3d.


#14

The same year the Republicans decided that pornography is a public health hazard…

Thankfully they don’t believe in regulating health hazards, so America can keep on stroking


#15

I claimed 1 through 5. They’re going up for auction tomorrow.


#16

Actually, studying for their licence will be a great way of delivering sex education. (Make the test multiple choice, so it can be completed with one hand.)


#17

People actually pay for porn? :confused:


#18

That would be a fascinating data set to do social science research on.


#19

#999. Call me - anytime.


#20

Why would they need a proxy to browse from a non-uk IP address? They could just go to a non-UK porn site, which would have no requirements to comply with this.