UK wants to use online database to regulate content for children


U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron wants to create an online database of every pornography viewer on the Internet to help keep objectionable images from “corroding childhood,” according to The Telegraph.

“I feel profoundly as a politician, and as a father, that the time for action has come,” he said in a speech in London, according to the news source. “My argument is that the Internet is not a sideline to ‘real life’ or an escape from ‘real life’; it is real life. It has an impact: on the children who view things that harm them, on the vile images of abuse that pollute minds and cause crime, on the very values that underpin our society.”

New powers for Cameron, according to the Telegraph, include a new national online database of purported depictions of child abuse to help police and child protection agents, Internet service providers needing to require customers to make a choice about adult filtering, a campaign against people wanting to download illegal content and every household with an Internet connection asking if they want to filter adult content with a requirement to uncheck a box preset with parental controls.

This online database use may trigger considerable debate, as numbers from The Week show that pornography may be a popular subject for Internet users. Twelve percent of total websites online contain pornography, 25 percent of search engine requests are related to the subject and 28,000 Internet users are viewing objectionable content every second.