The same lawmaker that had the state of Utah recognize that pornography is a public health crisis is back at it. This time, Senator Todd Weiler is working on three bills that would force Utahns to opt-in to access X-rated materials online. Some of them would require filters be installed onto smartphones and tablets.

WEILET“How ludicrous is it that a 16-year old-kid can’t go see Fifty Shades of Grey, but as they’re walking back to their car, they can pull an Apple iPhone 6 out of their pocket and they can watch hardcore graphic videos on their phone,” Weiler said.

Weiler is looking to the United Kingdom that has a similar general law on the books already and another law in consideration for adding age verification to porn-hosting websites. Governor Gary Herbert has supported the campaign against pornography as a public health crisis with the potential to twist children’s minds and developmentally stun them.

Not only does it take effort that companies would deem unnecessary — especially on an issue that might be considered best dealt with directly with porn sites — the very idea of forcing manufacturers to create a gatekeeper with any potential to block users from content without their consent may not prove appetizing to the cellular industry.

Government telling, for example, Apple what it should do was met with intense blowback and a national spotlight on digital privacy. There’s a shadow of doubt, though: the company has kowtowed to Chinese censors in order to operate in the country.

Source: Utah State Legislature
Via: Associated Press, CNET

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