The UKs plan to block online pornography could be a privacy disaster

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27 March 2019


Internet users may use anonymity software to avoid the porn block

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A LONG-PLANNED change to the way people in the UK access online pornography may finally take place in April. The move, which has been pushed back by the UK government a number of times and could face further delays, will see users blocked from virtually all websites hosting pornography unless they prove they are over 18.

The regulation will apply whenever someone in the UK visits a site, hosted anywhere in the world, whose main aim is the distribution of pornography. The …