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UK Drops 'Opt-in for Porn' Plans Due to Lack of Support

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Results of public consultation are mixed.

Earlier this year, the UK government opened up a consultation on proposed methods of shielding children from pornographic or unsavory content on the internet. The paper, published at a UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) conference in June, asked for feedback on three options for keeping children safe online. All three options involved blocking porn on an ISP level (whether it was an 'opt-in for porn' solution, or an unavoidable choice on whether or not you wanted filters in place). This week, it emerged that the government has dropped the idea.

According to the BBC, ministers have rejected the plans to automatically block porn on all computers due to a lack of support. The BBC reports that the government received 3,500 responses to the 10-week consultation. Apparently, 35 percent of parents wanted an automatic bar in place, while 15 percent wanted some filtered content and the option to block additional material. Thirteen percent responded that they would like to see a system that asked what you wanted your children to be able to access. The BBC reports that taking respondents as a whole, 80 percent were against all forms of control.

While plans to have ISPs block porn for subscribers have been dropped, the government says internet providers should encourage parents to switch on parental controls that allow for some level of filtering.

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    dark_wizzie , December 19, 2012 10:03 AM
    What exactly is so wrong with a horny teen seeing some porn? If they are not having sex with themselves, they're out having sex with random people.
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    dark_wizzie , December 19, 2012 10:03 AM
    What exactly is so wrong with a horny teen seeing some porn? If they are not having sex with themselves, they're out having sex with random people.
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    MisterZ , December 19, 2012 10:20 AM
    What church are these 'ministers' with ?
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    CrArC , December 19, 2012 10:49 AM
    I love how some parents are outraged that it didn't pass. As if it's so audacious the nation won't accept this filtering bullshit just because some parents want to offload their duties onto the Internet.

    These are the same parents who believe it's totally acceptable that others be inconvenienced by their kids (for example, being noisy in the cinema) just because they chose to procreate. Perhaps they imagine, if others must put up with it in real life, why not online?


    sjkcvawezif i cant get my porn then some girl might just get raped accidently... think of the horny people out there..
    Really hope you are joking.


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    Reynod , December 19, 2012 11:36 AM
    My banhammer finger is twitching sjkcvawez ... one more comment like that and you will be excommunicated from the flock here my son.

    Lets keep it clean ...
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    sixdegree , December 19, 2012 11:38 AM
    Lack of support? No kidding. If the proposed method is to "Opt-in for FREE porn", they'll see millions of support in a jiffy.
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    cats_Paw , December 19, 2012 11:58 AM
    Well... Porn aint really unhealthy, and if you are a responsible parent you will teach your kids what they need to know, not try to hide them from something you simply cant hide them from.
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    wannabepro , December 19, 2012 12:04 PM
    REYNODMy banhammer finger is twitching sjkcvawez ... one more comment like that and you will be excommunicated from the flock here my son.Lets keep it clean ...

    Don't down-rate him... He is right, and it's funny.
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    toadhammer , December 19, 2012 12:58 PM
    MisterZWhat church are these 'ministers' with ?

    Careful, your American is showing.

    In the rest of the world a minister's job is politics, vs the US where some minister's religion is politics.
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    Deadboy90 , December 19, 2012 2:02 PM
    Free the boobies!
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    annymmo , December 19, 2012 2:14 PM
    These dumbass filtering things need to stop.

    They say they care soooooooooo much but not enough to find out about the parental controls in Windows?

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    GreaseMonkey_62 , December 19, 2012 2:58 PM
    If a parent is worried about it, set up a free OpenDNS account. You can tell it to block or unblock whatever you want including porn. Did it at home and it works good.
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    The_Trutherizer , December 19, 2012 3:02 PM
    Half the internet is porn. And half of many harddrives as well. We're pretty much stuck with porn. Best thing about internet porn. No more seedy video tapes and dvds lying around. Win!
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    vigorvermin , December 19, 2012 3:07 PM
    regardless of the purity applications, I think it's not a good principle to censor the internet on a ISP level period. There are other programs that work really well for filtering porn out of the internet. Covenant Eyes is one of them. There's no reason to have other big business and government get involved in this.
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    ojas , December 19, 2012 3:36 PM
    I think parental controls should be local to the client machine/subnet only, ISPs shouldn't be blocking it by default.
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    silverblue , December 19, 2012 4:20 PM
    O2 have an opt-in for adult content on their mobile services, just so people know.
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    farleytron , December 19, 2012 4:29 PM
    The problem the UK has with free access to porn is that many parents don't want their 8 year-old kid watching people f**king.

    The law should have been a way to opt-in to a porn-block system so a parent can simply tell their ISP "No Porn Please" for their home interwebs.

    "Opt-in for porn" is BS. It puts YOU on a list for tracking WHO watches porn and what kind of porn.

    Sounds like religion motivated the people who drafted that legislation.
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , December 19, 2012 4:46 PM
    geeeee I wonder why it wasn't popular to block it...
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    luc2k , December 19, 2012 7:49 PM
    While it's nice that Jane still covers these tech/sex related news, I do miss the personal insight/jokes.
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    bentonsl_2010 , December 20, 2012 4:28 PM
    Porn Vs. The World.

    Once again the power of the Poontang wins. Once the world understands sex is human nature and not something to be shoved in a back closet and forgotten the better the world will be as a whole. Teach your kids what they need to know about sex or the porn industry will.