Australia, Please Don't Scan My Face When I Download Porn

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The U.K. recently canceled its plans for an age filter on porn websites, but now Australia has taken up the mantle. It wants internet users to verify their identity using facial recognition before viewing pornography.

Writing in a submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs’ inquiry, launched in September, Home Affairs said it could provide a “suite of identity-matching services”.

One example highlighted by the department was the use of the Face Verification Service to prevent a child using their parent’s driver licence to get around any age verification.

At this point, me writing about porn is a running joke now. But stuff like this raises awareness on important privacy issues.

Now Kansas Introduced a Porn Filter Bill

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Last month I wrote about an Arizona politician wanting to introduce a porn filter bill. Now Kansas wants to do the same thing, although it sounds like this one won’t attempt to fund the border wall.

“It’s to protect children,” Garber, a Republican, said in an interview. “What it would do is any X-rated pornography stuff would be filtered. It would be on all purchases going forward. Why wouldn’t anybody like this?”

Why indeed. Because you guys don’t seem to care about children outside of the womb.

That Time Tim Cook Acknowledged People Can Surf Porn on iPhone

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Apple has had a long-standing off again, off again relationship with the existence of porn, but CEO Tim Cook kind of, sort of softened that stance this week. No, there’s specifically not going to be a bunch of porno apps flooding the App Store (you’ll need to go to iBooks to get your soft-core porn), but Mr. Cook made the frank acknowledgement that people can always use Safari to surf for porn. And then he went so far as to clarify that he wasn’t making fun of it. I’m not arguing that this is some kind of seismic shift in Apple policy, and Mr. Cook iterated the fact that Apple intends to keep the App Store family friendly. It is, however, a much less confrontational statement on the world’s favorite pastime than Steve Jobs’s declaration that, “folks who want porn can buy an Android phone.” I’m not the only one who noticed the difference, either. BusinessInsider, for one, did a full workup on the subject. In any event, it’s interesting to see Apple taking a more enlightened tone on the subject, including his comments about what you sell says something about you.