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Wham, bam, thank you UK internet porn ban

ISPs must offer adult content as an option
Mon Jul 22 2013, 09:56
Policeman in front of no entry sign

UK PRIME MINISTER Dave Cameron is getting ready to announce a UK system for accessing adult content, an opt-in one that will probably be worse than no controls whatsoever.

We had a whiff of this last week when ISPs were reacting to a letter from the government that asked them to kick in cash for craziness and consider making people think that the system would be default-on rather than an opt-in choice.

The ISPs confirmed the letter and it was not well received, but the government decided to push on with its plans anyway.

The Daily Mail crows about a "victory" over pornography, saying that the UK will close every internet user's access to adult content unless they choose to access it.

Cameron was on the BBC's Andrew Marr show on Sunday when he spoke about his plans. He said that the internet is "corroding childhood" and needs controls, and of course he mentioned images of child abuse.

"Just because its the internet doesn't mean there shouldn't be laws and rules and responsible behaviour," he added. "We need to get the companies to do more to. There are some good things that they are doing... Some people are putting appalling terms in and they are getting results. We need to have strong talks with those companies."

He said that if the government does not get what it needs it will consider legislation. "I want them to do more," he added. "It's about companies wanting to act responsibly. They [are] enabling it. There is a further step that is required."

Cameron will give his full speech later. µ

 

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