What a year 2016 has been! On the one hand, the American FCC finally began to act to protect Internet users against monopolistic abuses by ISP’s, such as by imposing limits on the secretive collection and sale of consumers’ private information. On the other hand, consumers have suffered from continuing data breaches, such as the notorious hacks of Yahoo! and Adult Friend Finder, while governments worldwide have increased censorship efforts against both porn and political dissent. Adding to the concerns, the incoming US administration has declared its commitment to roll back hard-won consumer protections such as net neutrality and announced its willingness to resurrect the failed adult-content censorship policies of the past.
Despite the political turmoil, this past year was mostly good for me, although my health has continued to deteriorate. I had wanted to comment regularly about the political and legal challenges facing consumers and the adult content industry, but because of painful arthritis of the shoulders, I can no longer write beyond a paragraph or two at a time.
As the year draws to a close, I feel that this would also be a good time for me to retire from blogging, at least for now. I thank all of my readers for their support over the past 3 1/2 years. My wish is that all of us will have a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year and many more great years ahead.
Happy New Year 2017
Xbiz reports that UK Internet users can now sign an online petition to protest the invasive, privacy-killing requirements of the recently passed “Investigative Powers Bill.” The bill, if approved, would require that ISPs monitor and store large amounts of information about Internet users’ browsing histories. Combined with the proposed adult-website age-verification measure, the UK would mandate the collection and storage of highly sensitive and intimate information about users, increasing the risks of misuse by hackers, blackmailers, and rogue agencies.
xHamster Asks U.K. Users to Sign Petition
xHamster.com today started urging users in the U.K. to sign a petition calling for the repeal of the Investigatory Powers Bill, which recently wended its way through Parliament and now awaits royal assent, which would turn the piece of legislation into law. Read More>>
Thousands of xHamster login credentials surface online
Around 380,000 log-in credentials used at adult site xHamster have been compromised, including military and government e-mail addresses. Anyone who has an account there should change their password immediately. This incident reinforces the importance of using separate passwords for each account and not using work or sensitive e-mail addresses to register for adult websites.
Via DSL Reports:
Trump Appoints Third Net Neutrality Critic to FCC Advisory Team
President-elect Trump today added yet another fierce critic of net neutrality to his FCC transition team. The incoming President chose Roslyn Layton, a visiting fellow at the broadband-industry-funded American Enterprise Institute, to help select the new FCC boss and guide the Trump administration on telecom policy.