The Battle on Porn and Privacy

Despite the levels of ‘taboo’ surrounding any admission of watching porn, surveys have found that 86% of young adult men watch porn, and one in three women watch porn at least one a week. In fact in 2009 the University of Montreal attempted to conduct research into the views of men who do not watch porn, however the study failed due to not a single candidate being able to be found!

Porn watchers of the UK are no strangers to the Conservative government sticking their noses into their porn habits. As many will remember in 2013 when David Cameron announced plans to have ‘online pornography blocked by default.’ I’m sure as well many people, not just in the UK, will remember in 2014 the ‘Face-sitting protest outside parliament’ after the ‘Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014’ introduced a new series of restrictions, which was an amendment on the 2003 Communications Act, on any pornography produced and sold in the UK. amongst the series of restrictions are

  • spanking
  • caning
  • whipping
  • penetration by any object associated with violence
  • physical or verbal abuse (regardless of consent)
  • Urolagnia
  • roleplay as non-adults
  • physical restraint (sorry 50 Shades of Grey fans)
  • humiliation
  • female ejaculation
  • strangulation
  • facesitting
  • fisting

Just in case you are a little confused as to what you are now legally allowed to watch ‘Holly‘ has made you a little game called ‘Pornography for Beginners’ which is well worth a play.

However, the Conservative government isn’t stopping there. Now to view the newly limited porn you are allowed to watch, you will have to sell your privacy to the devil (I mean Prime Minister May).

The GCHQ, the NSA for Britain, in September announced their plans for a authoritarian-esque Great UK firewall. It appears that the next step in UK internet and porn is incredibly invasive age verification for porn watchers. Where as current porn watchers will be used to, and there is no point hiding we know you’re out there, in the US when a person wishes to watch such ‘mature’ content simply has to select their date of birth on a scrolling menu.

However under a new UK proposition anybody who wishes to watch porn won’t just have to simply select their date of birth, instead they will have to fork over the GCHQ any anonymity and privacy they have or may wish to ever keep. The current proposal for a new system of age verification would include using the viewers email, social media accounts, bank details, credit information, electoral information, biometrics and even mobile phone details! This proposal, as was pointed out by the Open Rights Group, massively “exposes pornography website users to threats of data mining, identity theft and unsolicited marketing.” Not to mention the persons natural and legal civil and human rights to privacy and anonymity.

Despite the security, civil and human rights issues of such a system, there has clearly been no regard as to whether it would be at all popular or inline  with what the British people wanted when they elected a Conservative Government, although not having to worry about such issues is probably the biggest perk Mrs. May has discovered about not having a legitimate elected mandate.

For example, when was the last time you were scrolling through Facebook and you saw your friend Dave or Kelly update their status to “Just getting off to a top quality bit of spanking and female ejaculation on Redtube!” Or, maybe next time you’re on your Porn site of choice look at how many commenters on videos or pictures are either called ‘anonymous’ or a similarly unidentifiable username. Also, it may just be myself but I am of the natural disposition not to trust my bank details to any website unless I have complete faith in said site. Therefore what makes the GCHQ believe I am willing to put my bank details, credit information or biometrics on a website which as an industry is notorious for shady dealings and computer malware?

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