The Conservatives say they will force hardcore pornography websites to put in place age-restriction controls or face being shut down if they win the election.
Under the Tory proposals the system would be overseen by an independent regulator with the power to compel internet service providers (ISPs) to block sites which failed to include effective age verification.
“That is why we need effective controls online that apply to UK and overseas.”
Hmm. Now, the way that is written means that anyone in the UK wanting to see hardcore would have to prove their age to the site (note, not the ISP!) that is providing the hardcore. To foreign sites which are streaming it for example.
Hmm. So, we live in a country where we don’t have ID cards. So, how do we prove age?
More importantly, how do we prove age to foreign porn merchants without giving them the information to nick our identity?
Leave aside the basic desirability (or, as the case is, the undesirability of this) and just consider the mechanics being proposed. Every Brit that wants to see a pair of messy tatas is going to have to give sufficient proof of identity to some unregulated foreigners to prove that it is actually them.
No, no, I can’t see that that might cause a problem at all.