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Prime Minister Announces Opt-in Porn Policy for UK

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July 24, 2013 12:20:49 AM

And I'm glad I live in the US (for once).
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July 24, 2013 12:34:27 AM

I'm no fan of porn so this is good news. ...but I live in the US where anything goes.
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July 24, 2013 12:35:15 AM

The UK should rename itself Airstrip One, so everyone could understand their policies.
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July 24, 2013 12:49:37 AM

Because children seeing the act that created them is the biggest threat England has right now!!!1!!

Meh, it will come out some time in 2050 when they finally get organised and there will already be three ways around it by next week.

It will be fun watching how they define "porn" too.
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July 24, 2013 12:50:34 AM

Everything still goes in the UK too, all that happens is the ISP will ask if you want adult filters on or off, you say "off" and cheerily go back to browsing fuq.com and unloading your electrolytes
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July 24, 2013 12:55:18 AM

I'm thinking that if you request to see pron your name will appear on a list!
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July 24, 2013 12:59:18 AM

UK Government: policing your kids so you don't have to.

Next step: potty training with Mr Cameron.

Mr Cameron is always watching you. To protect you from porn. Porn is evil. Sex is evil.
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July 24, 2013 1:31:28 AM

Opera turbo will probably slip by this.
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July 24, 2013 2:02:46 AM

Because you aren't a fan of porn everyone else should have to go through an extra step to opt in?

If you don't want to see porn why don't you just not view it?
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July 24, 2013 2:28:42 AM

Another brilliant idea... Now people will complain that's its stupid they have to "opt in" to have their internet uncensored. Other people will complain that not all of the porn is being filtered and will want to sue their ISPs for it. Maybe some non-porn websites will get "accidentally" filtered too just to spice things up a little...

I wonder when we will see some news like "13 year old figured out how to circumvent ISP porn filter"

Its just like that law that forces websites to inform you that they use cookies... Completely pointless.
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July 24, 2013 4:28:44 AM

Bottom line is if I don't like my US laws, no one is forcing me to be a citizen here or remain here (yet). I hope the same applies to our UK counterparts.
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July 24, 2013 4:51:55 AM

elitemarksman, that's one of central ideas of liberalism:
the state knows better than the individual and the individual has to be protected from himself/herself (and the consequences of his/her actions)
and one more thing:
"1984" was supposed to be fiction not an instruction manual ...
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July 24, 2013 6:00:50 AM

this is a little funny coming from a nation that has full nudity on some of its regular viewing channels for TV.
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July 24, 2013 6:06:04 AM

Now the USA must do the same....There are adult book stores that are open to the public as men have sex with other men over 18 and the owners make money from this no difference than PROSTITUTION........(dirtandmoredirt com)
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July 24, 2013 6:26:39 AM

What bothers me is the whole "opt-in" rather than an "opt-out" clause. If you opt-in (you want your porn, kink, fetish, eroticism, etc. in the privacy of your home), bet you dollars to donuts, your name goes on some dirty little black list somewhere in the annals of bureaucracy. Which then later gets to be called forth as evidence for job applications, credit reporting, criminal allegations, and so on.

Oh look, someone accused you of sexual harassment, and you opted out of the national porn filter, you must be guilty. Oh look, your soon to be ex-spouse wants the kids and you opted-in, you must not be a fit parent, you perv. Oh look, you want a job as a teacher... cop... minister...

Yeah, I agree, welcome back to 1984.
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July 24, 2013 6:32:58 AM

This is kinda terrible.....
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July 24, 2013 8:10:05 AM

This is great news. Maybe this will help the rampant porn addiction epidemic that usually starts by exposure as children.
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July 24, 2013 10:23:07 AM

These sorts of things should always be an OPT OUT ! ! ! Option... Because now I would have to contact my ISP and Telco everytime a legitimate site is blocked... RATHER... than not care if porn is on my internet or not and just leave it as is...
"Hi Telus, can you unblock X site... " "no, it is part of the national filter so it is blocked for everyone" I don't have a problem with the idea of people protecting themselves or their kids ( plus the police could put sex offenders on the list right !!! )... This is just not the right way to execute the policy... OPT OUT people ! !
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July 24, 2013 10:29:19 AM

These sorts of things should always be an OPT OUT ! ! ! Option... Because now I would have to contact my ISP and Telco everytime a legitimate site is blocked... RATHER... than not care if porn is on my internet or not and just leave it as is...
"Hi Telus, can you unblock X site... " "no, it is part of the national filter so it is blocked for everyone" I don't have a problem with the idea of people protecting themselves or their kids ( plus the police could put sex offenders on the list right !!! )... This is just not the right way to execute the policy... OPT OUT people ! !
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July 24, 2013 11:58:31 AM

These sorts of things should always be an OPT OUT ! ! ! Option... Because now I would have to contact my ISP and Telco everytime a legitimate site is blocked... RATHER... than not care if porn is on my internet or not and just leave it as is...
"Hi Telus, can you unblock X site... " "no, it is part of the national filter so it is blocked for everyone" I don't have a problem with the idea of people protecting themselves or their kids ( plus the police could put sex offenders on the list right !!! )... This is just not the right way to execute the policy... OPT OUT people ! !
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July 24, 2013 12:46:31 PM

As usual our government is making a mess of things. This is the start of internet censorship and will end up with everything seen as obscene removed from the eyes of the public. This doesn't need to happen, if only there was parental control programs or even better parental control settings on routers and operating systems, oh wait, there already is it's just these stupid, incompetent parents that don't know/understand. The parents need educating, censorship isn't the job of ISP's.
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July 24, 2013 12:51:47 PM

As usual our government is making a mess of things. This is the start of internet censorship and will end up with everything seen as obscene removed from the eyes of the public. This doesn't need to happen, if only there was parental control programs or even better parental control settings on routers and operating systems, oh wait, there already is it's just these stupid incompetent parents that don't know/understand. The parents need educating, censorship isn't the job of ISP's.
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July 24, 2013 1:13:11 PM

Regardless of content, government level blocking of certain content is never a good idea.
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July 24, 2013 2:16:50 PM

UK should prepare to see the sales of that 10% of ISPs skyrocket and the 90% will soon step back and remove the policies. Im pretty sure they know just how many people use the internet for porn often, and they know they are stepping in crap by making them have to prove they are over 18 and want to watch porn. UK gov must be funding them in some way for them to just agree to lose sales. UK citizens will be pissed, though I believe it wont be as outspoken as other dislikes to government policies there. watching porn is something the grand majority of people do in secret, and they wont like to have their names on any hackable list. this is a bad decision for everyone involved, except for that smart 10%.
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