- Security expert Alec Muffet set out a detailed critique of existing technological approaches to age verification – solutions such as logging into porn sites with your Facebook account, uploading a selfie along with a photo ID, or typing in a credit card number. All of these suggestions present privacy risks that may not be fully understood by people who are not tech-savvy.
Alec Muffet, “A sequence of spankingly bad ideas.” – Medium, 6 October 2016
- Jim Killock, the Executive Director of UK digital rights campaign organisation Open Rights Group, gave oral evidence to the Public Bill Committee about issues with DE Bill, including concerns regarding AV.
Hansard transcript || Parliament.tv segment
- “[T]he government announced that non-compliant sites won’t just be fined, as was proposed in early drafts of the Bill, but blocked outright. Obscenity lawyer Myles Jackman, who has been campaigning hard against the Digital Economy Bill, explained that the government will effectively be “turning off” sites which contain perfectly legal material.”
Girl on the Net, “What the New British Porn Bill Means for You“- Vice, 23 November 2016
- “One company … estimated that 25 million people in Britain would register for the AV network within the first month. [Security expert] Muffett suggests it is a bad idea to habituate so many people into bad security patterns like ‘normalising the exchange of social media data for porn access, typing your phone number into random websites [and] typing your credit card numbers into random websites.'”
John Lubbock, “Insecure, ineffective and dangerous: The reality of the UK’s new porn bill“- Politics.co.uk, 24 November 2016