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By *ister-cutcock   premium paying member (M) 15 weeks ago

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Has anyone an opinion on this new piece of legislation that requires you to prove your age before entering a 'porn' Site.

Now let me state here and now that :- I am in favour of preventing under age access to pornography, so I welcome a system to prevent such unauthorised access.

However, the proposed way to do this age verification, could have several security implications as well as the possibility of financial fraud, identity fraud & blackmail. As there is no provision in the act for maintaining confidentiality.

Apparently, these concerns have been brought to the attention of Government Ministers, but have largely been ignored.

One system proposed for age verification is to take Credit card details including the names and addresses of the card holders. Not only this but details of every porn site you go on, and the type of porn you look at would be recorded against your name and placed on a huge data-base.

This would be a wonderful opportunity for 'Fraudsters', 'Blackmailers', 'Employers','Religious bigots' and any other interested parties to use this data for whatever reason (usually financial, but sometimes sinister).

The information I have quoted is freely available on the internet but may be subject to errors and omissions. But I would welcome any comments you may have on this subject.

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By *ewcocol  (M) 15 weeks ago

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Surely it can be bypassed by using a VPN and setting your location as outside the U.K. As the majority of porn sites are hosted on servers in other countries you are making a virtual connection between two locations not under U.K jurisdiction.

Whether that would apply to here, with it being co.uk, and fab I don't know, not having looked at the law, or it's provisions.

Opera browser has a free, unlimited use, VPN built in to it that you can turn on or off with just one click btw. What I also like is that it isn't a U.S company, it was Norwegian, but not sure where it is located now since it was sold to AS in 2013.

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By *iman60  (M) 15 weeks ago

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This will all come under the Data Protection Act under which the people having the information have all sorts of legal obligations which cover as a minimum that the information is:

used fairly and lawfully

used for limited, specifically stated purposes

kept safe and secure

This is no better or worse than the so called "snoopers charter".

Its all out there now and being looked at, these so called rules they put in are to pacify people and organisations.

If anyone thinks these will stop you average under 18 finding porn then they are sadly mistaken.

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By *cousedpw   profile verified by photo (M) 15 weeks ago

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"This will all come under the Data Protection Act under which the people having the information have all sorts of legal obligations which cover as a minimum that the information is:

used fairly and lawfully

used for limited, specifically stated purposes

kept safe and secure

This is no better or worse than the so called "snoopers charter".

Its all out there now and being looked at, these so called rules they put in are to pacify people and organisations.

If anyone thinks these will stop you average under 18 finding porn then they are sadly mistaken.

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How long do you think it will take for some hacker to gain access?

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By *iman60  (M) 15 weeks ago

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How long do you think it will take for some hacker to gain access?"

And??????

Its the same info you give to every other retailer everytime you use your credit/debit card. Why be worried because you gave it to a porn site?

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By *cousedpw   profile verified by photo (M) 15 weeks ago

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How long do you think it will take for some hacker to gain access?

And??????

Its the same info you give to every other retailer everytime you use your credit/debit card. Why be worried because you gave it to a porn site?"

Wouldn't bother me at all, but it might worry married men who don't want their wife to know.

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By *iman60  (M) 15 weeks ago

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How long do you think it will take for some hacker to gain access?

And??????

Its the same info you give to every other retailer everytime you use your credit/debit card. Why be worried because you gave it to a porn site?

Wouldn't bother me at all, but it might worry married men who don't want their wife to know."

But its the same info they can get now if they wants, apart from your cc details. If anyone was that bothered they can get most IP addresses then once they have that then see what else is used on that IP and get all the same info.

Another case of scaremongering.

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By *ister-cutcock   premium paying member (M) 15 weeks ago

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How long do you think it will take for some hacker to gain access?

And??????

Its the same info you give to every other retailer everytime you use your credit/debit card. Why be worried because you gave it to a porn site?

Wouldn't bother me at all, but it might worry married men who don't want their wife to know.

But its the same info they can get now if they wants, apart from your cc details. If anyone was that bothered they can get most IP addresses then once they have that then see what else is used on that IP and get all the same info.

Another case of scaremongering.

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Really the only part that bothers me, is the possibility of 'financial &/or identity fraud'. They would find it hard to 'Blackmail' me, as I am 'out and proud' and do everything legal, so I have no skeletons in my cupboard !

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By *aked4u2   profile verified by photo (M) 14 weeks ago

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I understand that only applies to Sites that are based in the UK !

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