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Prime Minister Announces Opt-in Porn Policy for UK

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The UK government hopes to stop children wandering into the darker corners of the web.

The UK has been kicking around the idea of blocking pornography and unsavory content at an ISP level for quite some time now. Today, the country finally announced a decision on the issue. The BBC reports that Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that the country is putting in place filters to prevent children from accessing porn on the internet.

Cameron said that the six providers of 90 percent of the UK's public WiFi (O2, Virgin Media, Sky, Nomad, BT and Arqiva) have agreed to apply family friendly filters across the public WiFi network "wherever children are likely to be present." What's more, phone providers have also agreed to put adult content filters onto phones automatically. To have these removed, you'll need to prove to your provider that you are over 18.

The changes are coming to home internet, too. The government has reached an agreement with TalkTalk, Virgin, Sky and BT that will ensure family friendly filters are available at an ISP-level. When someone sets up a new broadband account, the family friendly filter settings will be automatically selected. Clicking 'Next' will switch them on and they will apply to any device on your network. They can only be disabled by the account holder.

These in-home filters will be in place by the end of the year, while solutions for WiFi and phone service will be in play by the end of the summer.

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    eiskrystal , July 24, 2013 12:49 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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    Vorador2 , July 24, 2013 12:59 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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    dark_knight33 , July 24, 2013 12:20 AM
    And I'm glad I live in the US (for once).
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    g0rd0 , July 24, 2013 12:35 AM
    The UK should rename itself Airstrip One, so everyone could understand their policies.
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    eiskrystal , July 24, 2013 12:49 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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    back_by_demand , July 24, 2013 12:50 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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    damianrobertjones , July 24, 2013 12:55 AM
    I'm thinking that if you request to see pron your name will appear on a list!
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    Vorador2 , July 24, 2013 12:59 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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    Afrospinach , July 24, 2013 1:31 AM
    Opera turbo will probably slip by this.
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    elitemarksman , July 24, 2013 2:02 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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    Akizu , July 24, 2013 2:28 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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    halcyon , July 24, 2013 4:28 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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    curiosul , July 24, 2013 4:51 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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    demonhorde665 , July 24, 2013 6:00 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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    countypa , July 24, 2013 6:06 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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    mclat72 , July 24, 2013 6:26 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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    Spooderman , July 24, 2013 6:32 AM
    This is kinda terrible.....
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    gmasterfizzle , July 24, 2013 8:10 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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    r1Master , July 24, 2013 10:23 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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    r1Master , July 24, 2013 10:29 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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    r1Master , July 24, 2013 11:58 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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