The UK Porn Block is a MASSIVE Privacy Threat! | What the Cyber?


Age verification, which is part of the Digital Economy Act, is actually incredibly controversial piece of legislation. What it means is that anyone accessing adult content on the internet will have to put forward a verification that they’re over 18. Now you might think that’s not that controversial. All of these credit card numbers, all this personal information of millions of UK internet users is being stored. And it’s not being stored by the government, it’s being stored by third-party companies. Now, these companies are very vulnerable to hackers. Very quickly, hackers could build a database of every person in the UK accessing adult content. If that was placed online, you could see the possibility for blackmail, extortion, etc. This legislation may seem, and the government argued that it was common sense and it’s to protect people, but actually it opens the door for major data breaches. This legislation is just another erosion of internet freedom, where suddenly we’re being asked to verify ourselves online, handover our credit card details to third-party providers. So there’s a creeping clamp down on internet freedom in UK. And the worry is that we’re not just setting a bad precedent here in the UK, it’s setting a really bad precedent for other countries who basically end up copying the worst elements of UK law. The Ashley Madison hack, where the names of a lot of people who used a particular website, were placed on a public domain actually was quite systematic breach of a lot of people’s privacy. It might not just be used by individual hackers, it could be used by governments who want to put pressure on individual politicians, it could be used by governments in order to put pressure on sections of the population. Again, the point about security is that security s a collective thing: we all have to be secure. If we create these databases with information on them, often we make ourselves less secure. Because my address or where my children go to school is information I really wouldn’t want to put on the internet. But by building big databases that make us less secure, by undermining encryption and security, very quickly UK government can put us in a very vulnerable position if very organised hackers or foreign hackers wanted to basically break in take down our electricity grid or put people’s personal information out there. You may say that “privacy doesn’t affect me”, but you might be somebody that is then – because you haven’t taken internet security seriously – subject to fraud, subject to online banking, or have personal photos and information placed online. So actually internet privacy affects us all, we all got to take the security of our information seriously. Thank you for watching! And remember to like, share and subscribe. And if you don’t feel like liking, sharing and subscribing, remember: you can also hack us. We have a bug bounty, and if you’re able to break into our services, we’ll pay you money! Good luck, I’ll see you online.

3 comments

  • It's insane that people are willing to risk so much just to keep people younger than 18 from watching porn when the average age for virginity loss in the U.K. is 17.3

  • this law is why I'm going to start using TOR or a VPN to watch the 'naughty stuff' since porn is supposedly bad now. I also dont like how the worlds largest Porn company, MindGeek is investing into this law with their ageID software which shows some crony capitalism within the government since their the only company offering a product to work with the law.

  • SpaghettiandSauce

    Finally, SOMEONE gets what the real threat of this president is. It's deeply sinister.

    If they think I'm going to sign up to a system where the government will monitor and record every nawty video I watch: they're even more deluded than I thought. I'll find a way round it.

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