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The UK’s impending porn ban

Will the UK's porn ban even work?

On April 1st, if any UK citizen wants to access adult material, they will be required to submit ID in order to prove their age or visit a corner shop to purchase a pass that will allow them access to the site. Whilst the porn ban is quite restrictive, the news seems to have gone under the radar for most UK citizens.

There are many concerns regarding the impending ban. First and foremost of these is the issue of privacy. When someone submits their ID, that ID will then be stored on a database for years to come. Having recently seen so many data leaks, this cannot fill many people with much confidence. If a massive dump of data were to happen, there is a fear that someone’s personal and very private details could be accessible to anyone. For people in the public eye or even teachers, this could be an unmitigated disaster.

The reasons for the porn ban are understandable from a government perspective. The government is aiming to protect children from what they see on the internet until they believe they are of an age whereby they can view it maturely. Unfortunately, children these days are extremely technically savvy. Loopholes such as VPNs could mean that the ban is extremely ineffective and therefore a waste of taxpayers’ money.

A further issue is that of payment. Porn is quite a trendsetter. The mixture of cryptocurrencies and porn is already being heavily investigated by such companies as Spankchain. For example, PornHub last year began accepting Verge, a privacy-based cryptocurrency project. Paying for porn using cryptocurrencies is likely to grow in popularity. This coupled with the use of VPNs means that technically minded users can circumvent such a ban being imposed.

The chances of the porn ban in the UK working as the government wishes are questionable. It will likely encourage more people to investigate alternative methods of keeping their secrets secret.

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