Victory for the Mail! Children WILL be protected from online porn after Cameron orders sites to be blocked automatically | Mail Online

Jim Killock jim at
Thu Dec 20 10:16:09 GMT 2012

On 20 Dec 2012, at 09:55, Ian Batten <igb at> wrote:

> Yes, I know, reading the Daily Mail rots the brain, although in my defence I only saw this story because it was on the front page that Paxman showed at the end of last night's Newsnight.  David Cameron is trying to square the circle of the Mail's howling about online pornography and the resounding results of the recent consultation exercise:
> David Cameron writes:
>> Want to restrict access to Facebook after 8pm? Decide to allow younger children to view fewer sites than their older siblings? Or want to stop access to certain sites altogether? Now you will be shown how to do it.

I think this is what's known as "spin": ISPs are already trying to alert parents to the existence of filters, and the official consultation response is calling for nothing more.  Nor is it calling for legislation.

Suddenly the need for parental understanding and control when implementing filtering tools to protect children appropriately has become very important for the Mail, despite being previously repeatedly dismissed by the Mail and Claire Perry as being dangerous for children whose (delinquent) parents will avoid implementing filters.

The Mail's audacity knows no bounds in declaring victory anyway. 

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> So, for those of us in the security community, it appears Dave is going to solve the problem of home users sharing computers and/or sharing accounts at a stroke.  All the issues associated with people using one login (or, more commonly, no logins) will be gone.  And, better, devices which don't have the concept of multiple users (such as those iPads which so few people have bought, and which have been so unpopular since their damp-squib launch) will now be locked to a single user and won't be shared around in households.  Excellent!  That's a major security issue solved at a stroke!

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