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Upcoming UK porn laws will let newsstands sell 'porn passes' to satisfy mandatory age...

By Polycount · 14 replies
May 14, 2018
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  1. Adult content is fairly easy for most individuals to access in places like America, but some countries have taken steps to restrict public access to the material. One such location is the UK, to a degree.

    Due to the country's approval of the Digital Economy Act (DEA) in 2017, the UK will soon be tightening regulations on pornographic website's mandatory age verification methods.

    Under the upcoming DEA rules, if a pornographic website fails to properly verify the age of their visitors (or chooses to ignore the requirement entirely) they could face "stiff penalties" including fines, website blocks and more.

    ...citizens may be able to visit a local newsstand to purchase a porn pass in lieu of more privacy-invasive verification methods...

    One such method of age verification could reportedly come in the form of a "porn pass," as reported by The Telegraph.

    Put simply, UK citizens may be able to visit a local newsstand to purchase a porn pass instead of being subjected to potentially privacy-compromising verification methods like MindGeek's AgeID system.

    This would effectively allow users to keep their age information out of government or corporate databases if they so choose.

    Of course, the process of publicly purchasing a porn pass could arguably be more embarrassing than other age verification methods, but it would likely be worth it for many individuals.

    At any rate, UK citizens won't have to worry about these laws for some time. The Digital Economy Act's rules aren't scheduled to go into effect until later in 2018.

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  2. Godel

    Godel TS Addict Posts: 121   +54

    Maybe they should change that to "harsh penalties", as "stiff penalties" may be an incentive when you're talking porn.

    UK citizens probably won't bother with any of this official BS, but just change their DNS provider away from their ISP's DNS to an overseas service, or use a VPN.
     
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  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,308   +2,765

    So when will they come to steam? Pardon the pun .......
     
  4. Melkior

    Melkior TS Rookie

    There is no such newspaper as “The Telegram” and you have as much chance of finding a news stand in the UK as you have of finding a unicorn. The Telegraph and newsagents perhaps?
     
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  5. ForgottenLegion

    ForgottenLegion TS Guru Posts: 292   +291

    A minor nuisance. VPN will get around that in a heart beat. None of this crap does anything to combat whatever they're trying to combat.

    It won't be long before you'll need a breathing pass. Freedom is long gone.
     
  6. Polycount

    Polycount TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,198   +292

    Oops! I did mean Telegraph. I've updated the article, thank you for catching that.

    I think "newsstand" is perfectly appropriate, though. It's just a difference of regional terminology, they serve similar purposes.
     
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  7. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,111   +1,536

    PFff hahaha, this is so stupid.
     
  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 10,643   +4,481

    That's only because it will never work as intended.
     
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  9. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,108   +2,314

    This is an example of wasteful regulation. There's no victim and no crime. The chances of a child being mentally damaged by adult content is extremely low. Children don't typically search for adult content either unless they've first seen something in real life and are curious.
     
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  10. ChrisH1

    ChrisH1 TS Addict Posts: 117   +61

    That would work, because no adult would ever buy one and onsell it to someone under age, it would be unthinkable, maybe even impossible. <sarcasm off>
     
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  11. cuerdc

    cuerdc TS Booster Posts: 162   +38

    Nice money maker...
     
  12. frostyshield

    frostyshield TS Booster Posts: 85   +87

    So instead of improving the country, This is what they choose to do.. fml
     
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,880   +3,266

    Whether you realize it or not, (and of course the other posters in this thread), the UK is fast becoming an "Orwellian Democracy".

    A couple of years ago, they passed a law which makes it illegal to make a "mix tape", from MP3s purchased online. The media lobby just walked into court and claimed they were losing money when people used MP3s in this manner, the judge said, "OK", and with a plunk of his gavel, made it so.

    Next up, was legislation which made it illegal for advertisers to portray actors in gender stereotypical roles.

    In other words, it's now illegal for you to portray a female nurse, alongside a male doctor. I imagine they'll have to have boys playing with Barbie dolls too, but that, (IMHO), would flirt with being kiddie porn.

    George Orwell's 1984 predicted that dress would be bland, unisex, with romance being illegal. Thus those advertising restrictions are a big first step toward, "achieving those goals".

    At any rate another fun fact is that Great Britain has the highest population density in the world. Yes kidz, even higher than Japan's.

    One can only hope, those porn passes will come, (pun intended), with a complimentary dozen or so condoms.

    Although, I'm inclined to believe that imagining oneself with a nineteen year old Ukrainian erotic art princess, is preferable to being nagged by a 50 something post menopausal hag.

    Moving on, Scotland is always threatening to secede from the UK. I'm hoping that comes to pass, since their lazy, money burning "royals", would then need passports, to while away their summers at Balmoral Castle! :D
     
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  14. BadThad

    BadThad TS Booster Posts: 177   +88

    Amen to that! Liberalism is eating away at the UK to the detriment of it's citizens.
     
  15. centrino207

    centrino207 TS Booster Posts: 160   +10

    Good luck.

    We all know how hard it is for goverment in China to stop people from using VPN.

    China has most internet lock down in world and yet people still bypass it.

    People that want to get by will use proxy or VPN .

    Most of teens at my high school when gone to school bypass the firewall.

    These firewalls do nothing.
     

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