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UK Government Changes Tack and Demands Default Porn Block 163

Posted by timothy
from the but-predictably-so dept.
judgecorp writes "British Prime Minister David Cameron is set to reverse a policy announced last week, and demand that ISPs filter adult content by default. This system would require users to actively opt out of a filter designed to block adult content and material about self-harm. Last week, after consultation with parents, the Department for Education had said that an opt-in system would be sufficient and no default porn block would be required, but the Daily Mail has announced triumphantly that Cameron will be presenting the policy in the paper. MP Claire Perry, who has argued for the block, will be in charge — and freedom of speech campaigners have branded the sudden change of mind as 'chaotic.'"
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UK Government Changes Tack and Demands Default Porn Block

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  • by Vanders (110092) on Thursday December 20, 2012 @09:53AM (#42346885) Homepage
    Perhaps we could, I don't know, wait until David Cameron actually announces this policy, rather than just believing everything you read in the Daily Mail, particularly as the Daily Mail are so hilariously biased on this subject in the place. Not to mention it's the Daily Mail.

    This is like this news stories you see where they tell you what someone is going to "announce" later. If we already know what they're going to say, why are you telling me before they've said it?
  • Re:Wow! The UK is... (Score:4, Informative)

    by shilly (142940) on Thursday December 20, 2012 @10:17AM (#42347101)

    No, he's right. Age of purchase moved to 18, age of possession is still 16.

  • Title is WRONG (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 20, 2012 @10:29AM (#42347223)

    So there are two issues here:
    1) As others have mentioned, using the Daily Mail as the definitive source for anything ridiculous
    2) No matter the source, it would be nice if the submitter/editor actually read the content of the article and not just link blindly to it.

    The article quite clearly states:

    The Prime Minister says the Mothers’ Union, which has advised the Government on how to shield children from adult and violent internet content, is backing alternative proposals to allow parents to tailor exactly what they can and cannot see.

    Ministers are understood to have imposed a timetable on internet providers, who will be required to raise their game and produce detailed plans by February on ensuring that all parents are giving the option of imposing filters.

    Mr Cameron says that when people switch on a new computer, they will be asked if there are children in the house – and if they answer yes, they will be automatically prompted to tailor internet filters.

    .

    To say that the government is changing tack and demanding a default porn block is a downright lie.

  • Re:Wow! The UK is... (Score:4, Informative)

    by DrgnDancer (137700) on Thursday December 20, 2012 @10:51AM (#42347517) Homepage

    This is somewhat misleading. States actually determine the age at which all of these things are legal. While it's true that all states fall into line with federal policy on drinking and tobacco ages, this hasn't always been the case. The legal drinking age in Louisiana was 18 well into the 1990's. It didn't change until 1996 or 1997 (I remember becasue I'd just graduated college, and my girlfriend at the time was only 20. She was "grandfathered" in and could drink, as could anyone who at least 18 the day the new law went into effect). Age of consent varies wildly state by state and can be as low as 14. In theory any state can change any of these ages independently (though in practice funding rules from the feds make it unlikely that they will for drinking or tobacco)

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