Porn sites: how the French plan to circumvent the blocking

Regarding the adoption of the new amendment on access to pornographic sites by minors, the French are skeptical. Ifop has indeed carried out a survey: the respondents believe 57% that it is a breach of privacy.

On June 10, the French Senate adopted an amendment on access to pornographic sites by minors. The objective of the text validated in the hemicycle? Restrict access to this kind of content, through a government platform or by visitor’s bank data. Concretely, as Le Monde explains, an Internet user who wishes to go to a pornographic site like Pornhub or YouPorn must first enter their personal information to validate their age. The government plans to use a tool from its creation: France Connect, currently used, for example, to connect to the tax site. It will also be possible to enter your bank details, a card which cannot be issued before the age of 16 without parental exemption. This law is far from unanimous among Internet users, according to the recent Ifop poll for the magazine La Voix du X. The polling institute interviewed more than 1,000 people on the subject. 57% of them consider this verification to be a breach of privacy, compared to 43% of people who do not consider the intrusive process. When asked who to trust to regulate access to pornographic sites, Internet users cannot answer. 56% say they don’t trust the state, compared to 87% for publishers of pornographic sites. Internet service providers also don’t find favor with users, who say 69% don’t trust them. For an overwhelming majority (63%), the prohibition of access to pornographic sites for minors is the responsibility of parents, against 18% who think that it should be the responsibility of site publishers.

59% of those questioned consider that preventing minors from accessing pornographic sites is an impossible task. Asked about their behavior when they will have to log in to access the sites, 64% of individuals explain that they will mostly look for an unblocked site or one that does not require age control. Some even explain considering a VPN to access the system (41%) while others imagine a change of DNS (31%). Only 27% of those questioned will resolve to have their age checked via a pass that can be obtained commercially. Finally, only 16% will agree to enter their banking information.

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