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David Cameron has demanded that porn websites introduce strict age checks or face being shut down.

The Prime Minister said that, if under-18s are not locked out from viewing explicit images, he will take action.

One option is to set up an independent regulator which could force internet service providers (ISPs) to block offending sites under the threat of fines.
... Thoughts? Should cameron stop doing the parents job for them?

While many websites currently ask for users to enter their date of birth before entering, minors can enter a different age which will allow them access.
... oh no they finally found the well-hidden security loophole in this system of online age restriction!
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Very stupid and pointless idea, good way to waste money. I don't know why hes so keen on it to be honest. Plus, when I was 12 I already knew how to bypass almost all restrictions on school computers etc. All you need is Google and you can learn how to use proxies properly which is all you need. Not to mention other things like TOR which makes it PISS easy to get through most blocks.
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He wouldn't be "doing the parents' job for them"(as if parents have 24/7 access to everything their kid does anyway). This would simply be enforcement of current legislation-there's nothing more to it. The only issue is efficiency.
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I'm not convinced David Cameron is 100% clear in what the internet is...
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Unenforceable.
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Yes, how very dare the person in charge of laws try to enforce the law, the heathen.
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We need to introduce porn to sex ed, to say to people this is not real
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We need to introduce porn to sex ed, to say to people this is not real
l agree tbh.
Horny teenage boys/girls will still be able to bypass the ban.
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If a shop sells alcohol to underage customers it will get its license to sell alcohol removed.

How is this different?
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If a shop sells alcohol to underage customers it will get its license to sell alcohol removed.

How is this different?
Too hard to inforce, and pointless to inforce

We just need better sex ed
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Too hard to inforce, and pointless to inforce

We just need better sex ed
You think better sex ed will stop people wanting to watch porn? Laughable.
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You think better sex ed will stop people wanting to watch porn? Laughable.
Nope, but it will dramatically reduce to negative effects of it.
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No doubt Cameron will repeat his previous trick of linking together debates on child pornography with debates on legal adult pornography, thereby making it so much harder to have a sensible discussion on the subject.

My own view is that I currently can't see any way of setting up a system that confirms age without violating privacy. At the moment I think the best option would be to keep encouraging parents to use content control setting effectively. The Tories are very keen on taking responsibility away from the state and passing it on to families and individuals, except where doing the opposite makes it easier to erode privacy on the internet.
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So is he going to raise the age of consent to 18 as well?

Because if he won't, then he just seems like a stupid ****, if 16 year olds can have sex under the law, the surely they can watch it as well?

Sometimes I actually start liking David Cameron but 5 seconds later he comes out with braindead ideas like this. One thing is for sure, he has never taken a critical thinking class.

If you want to watch porn and seek it out on the Internet, you are old enough to see it.
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Not exactly new news.

A few issues with this....

This certainly backs the paid area of the industry, no wonder they're supporting it lol. Free websites are unlikely to have the facilities to deal with properly checking ID's nor are they making special rules because one countries population lives under some extreme nanny state. Of course the issue is the government is going to have a never ending job of updating a list of "bad practice" porn sites for ISP's to block, like streaming sites, free sites pop up all the time.

Then you have the issue of what defines a porn site, there is nothing stopping me, if this site had mods who didn't mind (which MANY forums do) posting soft-core porn in threads, I've seen sites with "hot girls/guys" threads which are soft core porn, most sites ban sex acts, but not a naked person positing semi-suggestively.

So are all message boards going to be impacted? How does one find out a message board is involved in this, especially when it may only be a single thread on the whole forum.

Then you have image boards when although do not advertise themselves as pornographic, have some pornographic content in adult genres.


The winners are paid industry as less free sites means more may go to them and people with obscure fetishes that would not necessarily be classed as porn by a vanilla audience.

Good luck Cameron, albeit I think your party needs some sort of advisory group to review your speeches about the internet so you don't sound like such a dumb ****. Though as with drugs advisers, I'm sure their independent advice would be ignored...
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What an ass.

Short of entering personal information, something I'm unwilling to do even on perfectly safe websites let alone sites that are regularly targeted by hackers, I don't see how this is enforceable.

Does he want us to link our Facebook accounts to the porn sites to verify our age or something? Porn industry's gonna go into a nose-dive if so. Either that or the amount of Facebook accounts will double overnight as people start making dupes :lol:

Even if this waste of money idea does go through, there are more ways to get around it than there are to implement it. Utter waste of time.
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It's amusing that he actually thinks he has the power to dictate over the internet. His crusade against porn is becoming embarrassing, if it wasn't already.
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Does Cameron think he is the internet police?

It goes to show how far removed the older generations are from how technology works.

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Its a noble idea. Porn is certainly a blight on society, and extremely damaging to children, but how he would enforce it is another matter.

If people want to watch porn they should pay for it. Free porn sites are what should be banned, but again, i cant see how this is possible.
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Does Cameron think he is the internet police?

It goes to show how far removed the older generations are from how technology works.

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I think he is just jealous that 13 year olds today can **** to porn all day long while he was forced to steal Playboy mags from daddy every month back in the stone age
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