UK Checking To See If It Can Just Go Ahead And Block All Porn Sites

United Kingdom Internet users won’t have to suddenly shut their eyes in shock when “accidentally” happening upon a pornographic web site, if the Prime Minister can figure out whether or not the government can just block all porn. For its citizens’ sakes, of course.

The Guardian says Prime Minister David Cameron is considering introducing new filters for online porn. The government is consulting this week with the industry over whether or not it can have Internet service providers block adult material as a default. Customers would then have to specifically request the ability to view porn.

That means millions of Internet users have to opt in, and actively ask their ISP to please, bring the nudity back.

Cameron’s actions come after a parliamentary inquiry into online child protection warned that explicit material was having a harmful effect on kids.

We’re going to guess that ISPs and advococy groups aren’t going to take any such porn blocking actions lying down. In fact, the Internet Service Providers Association has already said it would oppose default filtering, as it’s not the most effective measure and is easy to get around anyway.

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Pornography online: David Cameron to consider ‘opt in’ plan [The Guardian]