The pro-censorship member of the House of Lords has tabled the following amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill to reintroduce internet porn censorship and age verification requires previously dropped by the government in October 2019.
introduces a new clause:
Impact of online pornography on domestic abuse
Within three months of the day on which this Act is passed, the Secretary of State must commission a person appointed by the Secretary of State to investigate the impact of access to online pornography by children on domestic
Within three months of their appointment, the appointed person must publish a report on the investigation which may include recommendations for the Secretary of State.
As part of the
investigation, the appointed person must consider the extent to which the implementation of Part 3 of the Digital Economy Act 2017 (online pornography) would prevent domestic abuse, and may make recommendations to the Secretary of State accordingly.
Within three months of receiving the report, the Secretary of State must publish a response to the recommendations of the appointed person.
If the appointed person recommends that Part 3 of the Digital
Economy Act 2017 should be commenced, the Secretary of State must appoint a day for the coming into force of that Part under section 118(6) of the Act within the timeframe recommended by the appointed person."
Member's explanatory statement
This amendment would require an investigation into any link between online pornography and domestic abuse with a view to implementing recommendations to bring into effect
the age verification regime in the Digital Economy Act 2017 as a means of preventing domestic abuse.
17th March 2021. See
article from votes.parliament.uk
The amendment designed to resurrect the Age Verification clauses of the Digital Economy Act 2017 was
defeated by 242 to 125 vodets in the House of Lords.
The government minister concluding the debate noted that the new censorship measures included in the Online Harms Bill are more comprensive than the measures under Digital Economy Act 2017. He
also noted that although upcoming censorship measures would take significant time to implement but also noted that reviving the old censorship measures would also take time.
In passing the minister also explained one of the main failings of the
act was that site blocking would not prove effective due to porn viewers being easily able to evade ISP blocks by switching to encrypted DNS servers via DNS over Https (DoH). Presumably government internet snooping agencies don't fancy losing the ability
to snoop on the browsing habits of all those wanting to continue viewing a blocked porn site such as Pornhub.