UK Internet Censorship Index

 BBFC, Age Verifcation, Privacy Concerns

UK Internet Censorship

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...

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


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

  • Publication of final BBFC guidelines before the Parliamentary recess towards the end of July. However this has not happened and the rest of the timetable below will now have slipped.

  • Early September  (after parliamentary summer recess) .Parliament to consider and approve the BBFC final guidelines

  • 3 months for the implementation of the technological solutions.

  • End of December. 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 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

News Monday 8th October...

UK Government UK Internet lucy powell
Petition: Online Forums Bill
Tracking a disgraceful internet censorship bill from Lucy Powell

News Friday 21st September...

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Silencing the British people
BuzzFeed News leaks UK government plans to set up an internet censor along the lines of Ofcom

News Wednesday 19th September...

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Fake concerns, fake surveys about fake news
Ofcom joins in the government's propaganda campaign, calling for the internet censorship to be as strict as TV censorship

News Thursday 13th September...

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Fake news, terrorism content and closed forums
'Scattergun' approach to addressing online content risks damaging freedom of expression. A statement by Index on Censorship

News Tuesday 11th September...

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Campaign: ResistAV
Pandora Blake and Myles Jack launch a new campaigning website to raise funds for a challenge to the government's upcoming internet porn censorship regime
UK Government UK Internet lucy powell
Our echo chamber is better than yours
Labour's Lucy Powell introduces bill to censor closed online Facebook groups

News Saturday 8th September...

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Pornhub partners with anonymous system based on retailers verifying ages without recording ID

News Wednesday 22nd August...

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Offsite Article
Offsite Article: Time Magazine reports on the current status
The U.K. Is About To Censor Online Porn, and Free Speech Advocates Are Alarmed

News Wednesday 8th August...

UK Government UK Internet elspeth howe
Howe gets animated by anime
Elspeth Howe reveals more of the internal government debate that is delaying the BBFC internet porn censorship guidelines

News Sunday 5th August...

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Unfinished business
Open Rights Group comments on the missed milestone of publishing final age verification guidelines before Parliament's summer recess

News Tuesday 31st July...

UK Government UK Internet dcsm fake news
Commented: Fake Claims
UK Parliamentary committee claims that people failing to vote the 'correct' way is nothing to do with politicians' crap policies that don't look after British people, and must be all to do with fake news

News Wednesday 25th July...

UK Government UK Internet Crown Prosecution Service
Amazing!, Britain looks to relaxing its pornography laws
CPS opens a public consultation on ending obscenity prosecutions of the likes of fisting and golden showers, as long as the activity depicted is lawful

News Sunday 22nd July...

UK Government UK Internet david austin march 2016
BBFC: Age Verification We Don't Trust
BBFC boss writes a 'won't somebody think of the children' campaigning piece in support of the upcoming porn censorship law, disgracefully from behind a paywall

News Saturday 21st July...

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Headaches, loopholes, VPNs, inventive kids, trust and Cambridge Analytica
Daily Telegraph reports that the upcoming porn censorship regime looks set to be delayed by a few months

News Tuesday 17th July...

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Whatever happened to
The BBFC consultation on UK internet porn censorship

News Monday 16th July...

UK Government UK Internet sharon white
Updated: So how much would you trust the politically correct Ofcom to censor internet news?
Ofcom boss Sharon White sneers at the British people, and volunteers Ofcom to be their internet news censor
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Offsite Article
Offsite Article: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill 2018
A detailed critique of censorship clauses of the bill. By Index on Censorship


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