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UK Porn Ban Sounding Privacy Alarms

Thomas Ujj

Thomas Ujj

November 25, 2016

The UK’s war on porn continues, with UK lawmakers proposing a ban on websites with “non-conventional” sexual acts in the UK. Proposed by culture secretary Karen Bradley, the amendment to the Investigatory Powers Act will enforce age-verification checks on adult websites as well as censoring content that “doesn’t apply to the standards of offline content.”

Unfortunately, this UK porn ban is just a small portion of the bigger problem at hand.

You’ve probably heard of the Investigatory Powers Act (nicknamed the Snooper’s Charter) and how effortlessly it passed into law on 17 November 2016. The bill introduces wide-ranging government surveillance and bulk data collection with broad, sweeping powers. Needless to say, the UK is now in a scary, anti-privacy group of countries consisting of China, North Korea, and Iran. Not so good!

The bill is already highly disappointing from a privacy standpoint. Further online censorship is just another slap in the face to UK citizens.

How Does the UK Porn Ban Affect Me?

You might be curious as to what online adult content this could effect. Pictures or videos with spanking or physical aggression, public sex, urination, or female ejaculation will be blocked. These acts along with an extensive list of other “obscene content” will all be banned in the UK.

The BBFC (British Board of Film Classification), responsible for setting age restrictions for offline content in the UK, will regulate what content is obscene. It seems comical that an organization which rates children’s films is telling adults what kind of porn they can watch.

Whether or not you agree with the morals of the content itself, censoring a fundamental right of UK citizens is the biggest reason for concern. Access to the World Wide Web is a basic right for everyone. UK internet is already notorious for being under heavy government regulation, destroying the average citizen’s privacy.

Sex industry workers should also be understandably upset at what will likely be a significant loss in online revenue. With an increasing amount of adult content being sold online, sales will definitely take a hit. In the wake of Brexit, this law is another negative step backward for the UK.

If there is anything to compare this to, it’s India’s recent porn ban, which was completely redacted after tremendous criticism.

While the morality could be debatable with the content in question, the bottom line is that adults are consenting to participate in these acts. Instead of issuing a complete ban, UK lawmakers should find a way to ensure only adults have access to particular content. Censoring certain sexual acts will only further strip citizens’ rights to the internet.

Take the Easy Way Out: Use a VPN!

You can easily circumvent silly government censorship by using a VPN. A solid VPN with a strict no logs policy is going to be the best bet here.

UK users will want to look at a non-UK VPN server, as a VPN outside of the UK will give access to certain adult content. The bonus of avoiding data collection and snooping is also immense. Check out the top VPN services to increase your online privacy and unblock online content.

Additionally, I would recommend checking out “Porn Panic!” by Jerry Barnett for a worthwhile read into the rise of censorship in the UK.

The new amendment has brought a fair amount of outrage from privacy activists, but this certainly won’t be enough to reverse the government’s standpoint. While the effort to protect children is valiant, the UK government should consider all citizens’ rights.

What are your thoughts on the new UK porn ban? Is the UK wading into dangerous waters by censoring the internet?

Thomas Ujj

Born in Canada, raised in the U.S, yet somehow living in Hungary. I have a passion for anything technology related, gaming, freedom and privacy, food and Italian football team AS Roma.

One response to “UK Porn Ban Sounding Privacy Alarms

  1. Funny subject !
    You can watch all you want 24/24 & 7/7 by a private channel so these marketing laws are proving that some MP are concerned and privacy or brexit is not at all involved about that.
    Well, what will you thing about a Scot or a Britain if you suddenly know that he:she is watching/recording porn site on the net – dark or not – ?
    If you want to be considered as clean and civilized person , some attitude must not be tolerated so you could think that it was one of the principle/pretext of this law.
    As far as i am concerned i do not permit to be judged on who i am and what i do of my private life.
    I disagree strongly with your affirmation of ‘adult consent’ ; this industry or vice is the reflect of the mental health of a people -genuine or not- and the reflect in front of anyone -on the net- which a government do against this same people -in private torture/sadism:cruel treatment e.g – using very bad extortion measures/pressures.

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