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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.