Read the full article by Michael French at AVN.com

CYBERSPACE—In the days of old, before the internet, getting ahold of porn was a far more onerous task than it has become for today’s fans. The neighborhood newsstand, which usually carried a variety of porn magazines—often encased in plain brown wrappers—was one of the few ways to purchase adult material. Now, at least in the United Kingdom, those days may be returning, albeit with a high-tech twist, as U.K. porn fans try to adapt to a new anti-porn law set to take effect sometime this year.

The law is designed supposedly to stop minors from stumbling across online porn “by accident,” in the words of one government minister, by requiring porn fans to provide some sort of proof that they are over 18.

But the new law, part of the U.K. 2017 Digital Economy Act, has raised fears about how user data will be used and stored. The new requirements to upload personal information could even lead, cybersecurity experts say, to a serious national security risk, if the porn-viewing habits of government, military and business leaders fall into the hands of hackers from hostile foreign governments—not exactly an unusual occurrence, as events over the past several years indicate.

But one proposal for getting around the requirement for porn viewers to upload sensitive data would get newsstand operators back into the business of selling porn, or at least access to porn, just like in the pre-internet days.

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