UK Prime Minster Looking to Block Porn from Search Results, Adding Opt-In Option Instead
Judging by the number of hits online, pornography sites get watching porn is clearly something many of the population do, yet one suspects it's an activity that few would admit to.
However, according to The Guardian, new plans being drawn up by UK Prime Minister David Cameron would block access to pornography sites as standard, but would allow users to opt in to those racy search results.
It comes just days after judges in Britain ordered several major ISPs to block access to the Swedish file sharing site Pirate Bay, an act which resulted in a huge traffic surge to the site, as users found alternative means of getting there.
The plans come at a time when Cameron's Conservative Party have received a battering in the local elections, with the party losing several hundred local council seats this week.
The government are also under fire for their close relations with the Rupert Murdoch media empire, with their ethics being called seriously into question.
So it is perhaps understandable that they are choosing to attack an industry that will have few public defenders. It's understood that Cameron will meet ISPs including Virgin Media and BT in the next few weeks.
The trade industry for the telecom industry has however suggested that doing this would be a bad idea.
"It is easy to circumvent, reduces the degree of active interest and parental mediation and has clear implications for freedom of speech. Instead parents should choose how they restrict access to content, be it on the device or network level with the tools provided," ISPA secretary general Nicholas Lansman noted last month.
Would you support such a move or is it against our freedom of speech?