UK Internet Censorship Index

BBFC, Age Verifcation, Privacy Concerns

UK Internet Censorship

No News Tuesday 11th December...

News Monday 10th December...

UK Government UK Internet house of lords red logo
BBFC: Age Verification We Don't Trust
The government's age verification scheme which leaves people's sensitive sexual preferences unprotected by law is to be presented for approval by the House of Lords


UK Internet Censorship Index

At least someone's enjoying the censorship

UK Internet Porn Censorship

The Digital Economy Bill has passed through Parliament and  will lead to the mass blocking of internet porn to all UK residents. This includes the free tube sites and is not restricted to UK based websites.

See Details of the UK internet porn censorship regime in the Digital Economy Act

The BBFC  has now been given a new role as the UK internet porn censor.

The implementation of age verification is  roughly scheduled as follows:

  • 26th March 23rd April. BBFC public consultations on its vaguely outlined guidelines

  • October 2018. Publication of final BBFC guidelines

  • November 2018. Parliament to consider and approve the BBFC final guidelines

  • 3 months for the implementation of the technological solutions.

  • Easter 2019. Commencement of the BBFC censorship and age verification law

UK Internet Porn Censorship

BBFC consultation responses

Authoritative response from leading campaigners Pandora Blake and obscenity Lawyer Myles Jackman [pdf]. From

A response from a porn site that makes many good points about the legality of the scheme when tested against human rights legislation [pdf]. From

Response from Hwyel Phillips of foot fetish porn site Silk Soles  [pdf]. From

Backlash response to the BBFC age verification consultation. From

Open Rights Group Consultation Response[pdf]. From

Response from Alex Muffet, an authority on internet security. From

When have internet companies ever followed 'best practice'? Consultation response from

Privacy concerns

The Open Rights Group: The government is acting negligently on privacy and porn AV...


News Monday 3rd December...

UK Government UK Internet House of Commons logo
Defective Age Verification Law
Parliamentary scrutiny committee condemns as 'defective' a DCMS Statutory Instrument excusing Twitter and Google images from age verification. Presumably one of the reasons for the delayed introduction

News Monday 26th November...

UK Government UK Internet verge
Offsite Article
Offsite Article: Online porn filters will never work
Beyond the massive technical challenge, filters are a lazy alternative to effective sex education. By Lux Alptraum

News Monday 19th November...

UK Government UK Internet lse logo
The British establishment is still clutching at straws claiming it is fake news that has set the people against it, and nothing to do with it treating the people like shit

News Friday 16th November...

UK Government UK Internet home affairs committee
ID'ed as censors
DCMS minister Margot James informs parliamentary committee of government thoughts on online digital ID

News Thursday 15th November...

UK Government UK Internet home affairs committee
UK adult businesses to be crucified from Easter 2019
DCMS minister Margot James informs parliamentary committee of the schedule for the age verification internet porn censorship regime

News Tuesday 13th November...

UK Government UK Internet house of lords red logo
Fireworks in the House
The Lords discuss when age verification internet censorship will start

News Thursday 8th November...

UK Government UK Internet open rights group 2016 logo
BBFC: Age verification we don't trust
Analysis of BBFC's Post-Consultation Guidance by the Open Rights Group

News Wednesday 31st October...

UK Government UK Internet UKCCIS logo
UK Council for Internet Censorship
Government announces a new UK Council for Internet 'Safety'

News Monday 22nd October...

UK Government UK Internet collins
It couldn't possibly be our policies that are so unpopular with the people
The dissatisfaction must be caused by something else... like fake news

News Sunday 21st October...

UK Government UK Internet DCMS logo
Offsite Article
Offsite Article: Millions of porn videos will not be blocked by UK online age checks
The government makes changes such that image hosting sites, not identifying as porn sites, do not need age verification for porn images they carry

News Tuesday 16th October...

UK Government UK Internet logo moneysupermarket
Not taking censorship lying down
MoneySupermarket survey finds that 25% of customers will take action if their porn is blocked

News Friday 12th October...

UK Government UK Internet DCMS logo
Paying for unsafe legislation
The Government picks up the tab for legal liabilities arising from the BBFC being sued over age verification issues

News Thursday 11th October...

UK Government UK Internet bbfc internet censor
The new UK porn censor lays out its stall
The BBFC launches a new website
UK Government UK Internet bbfc guidance
Preventing children and non human operators from being able to access porn
BBFC publishes its sometimes bizarre Guidance on Age-verification Arrangement
UK Government UK Internet bbfc consulltation response summary
A significant number of responses raised concerns about the introduction of age-verification
BBFC publishes its summary of the consultation repsonses


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