UK PEOPLE CODDLER the Open Rights Group (ORG) has published a written submission on the Digital Economy Bill, and the short version is that it wants to see the legislation changed.
The ORG has "several concerns" about digital copyright, data sharing and age verification systems for websites which it does not trust anyone to operate.
We can't imagine why the ORG would trust the UK government to do anything right, and we sympathise with its concerns.
"We believe the aim of restricting children's access to inappropriate material is a reasonable one. However, placing age verification requirements on adults to access legal material throws up a number of concerns which are not easily resolved," said the ORG submission to the committee overseeing the bill.
"Our concerns include whether these proposals will work, the impact on privacy and freedom of expression, and how pornography is defined.
"New age verification systems will enable the collection of data about people accessing pornographic websites, potentially across different providers or websites.
"Accessing legal pornographic material creates sensitive information that may be linked to a real-life identity. The current wording of the draft bill means that this data could be vulnerable to the Ashley Madison-style leaks."
If the mention of that site does not put the willies up you, and for some of its members that was the whole point, the other ORG worries might, particularly when you consider that they might affect citizens' access to pornography.
"The bill does not contain provisions to secure the privacy and anonymity of users of pornographic sites. These must be included in the bill, not merely in guidance issued by the age verification regulator," the submission said.
"They should ensure that the age verification system, by default, must not be able to identify a user to the pornographic site by leaving persistent data trails. The user information that pornography websites are allowed to store without additional consent should be strictly limited." µ
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