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Government's online porn age block triggers privacy concerns

UK's proposed 'porn filter' raises fears about data collection.

MaBi   18 March 2019 - 13:37   categories: UK, Politics, Legal

The UK government's proposed porn age block will require porn sites to show that they are taking sufficient steps to verify their users are over 18, including uploading a passport or driving licence or by visiting a newsagent to buy a pass only available to adults.

That third party organisations will be required to verify people's intention to visit porn sites has raised privacy concerns.

“It might lead to people being outed. It could also be you’re a teacher with an unusual sexual preference and your pupils get to know that as a result of a leak. It won’t get you sacked for viewing something legal but it could destroy your reputation. Politicians don’t understand that data about their porn preferences might end up in the hands of journalists or others.” – Jim Killock, the Open Rights Group.

The Guardian: UK online pornography age block triggers privacy fears