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Problems with adult website blocking consultation see it taken offline
Friday 29 June 2012 11:53:49 by Andrew Ferguson

The Register who like to stay on top of many embarrassing IT incidents have highlighted problems with the Parental Internet Controls Consultation, that has now resulted in the site being taken off-line. For those wondering what we are talking about, the press release from the consultation launch is still available, though links to the consultation within that release are also broken.

It appears that there may have been a failure of session control mechanisms when people were filling in the consultation survey, resulting in some people seeing other peoples responses and being able to overwrite responses, data including their home or business address which was requested as part of the consultation was also visible to people.

The consultation was only due to run for ten weeks, so hopefully an extension will take place, and suitable publicity to ensure that people will fill it in. One criticism people have made is that the proposals actually affect households with no children in them, and that the consultation may see views being skewed by concerned parties, rather than reflecting the overall UK view. After a serious hiccup like this there will be a lot less confidence in providing personal information online in any subsequent consultation run by the Department of Education, so there has to be a question mark over how useful the consultation will be.

Comments

Posted by otester over 4 years ago
Not like the government will take any notice anyways, the more feet they can get in the door of censorship the better as far as their concerned.
Posted by Spectre_01 over 4 years ago
Boobs don't kill people, people kill people... but sometimes they have boobs.
Posted by otester over 4 years ago
@Spectre_01

Same with guns, didn't stop them taking them away (and any other form of self-defense).
Posted by undecidedadrian over 4 years ago
The data commissioner is one of the few watchdogs who will quite happily jump on anybody that does wrong, no matter whom.

And this sounds like a pretty big breech of the data protection act.
Posted by fibrebunny over 4 years ago
Consultations are worthless, it all comes down to lobby groups. Those who shriek the loudest hold sway.
Posted by Password_Forget over 4 years ago
@Spectre

Depends how big the boobs are, some of them should be registered as lethal weapons, they can smother you.
Posted by Password_Forget over 4 years ago
Conservatives are all the same though, it's about control, they always want to ban and censor things while at the same time they know damn well they can access the material, one law for them and another for the rest of us.

It's typical do as we say and not as we do policy.
Posted by Password_Forget over 4 years ago
I remember the eighties and the draconian censorship laws they brought in, as a film fan i hated all that crap, i will never trust the conservatives.
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