Mozilla Firefox internet browser ‘could dodge UK porn block’ with controversial new encryption to hide users’ browsing

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Mozilla Firefox internet browser 'could dodge UK porn block' with controversial new encryption to hide users' browsing



FIREFOX internet browser could dodge the upcoming porn block using controversial encryption, according to reports.
The browsing platform, whose popularity has dropped recently, could make a comeback among users who want to surf X-rated sites freely.
Alamy Firefox is reportedly planning to bring in an encryption for users to browse adult websites freely
Alamy The UK porn block will come into force on June 15 – after which web users will need a pass to access adult sites
UK porn block will completely BAN some adult sites even if you’re over 18
A so-called “porn ban” is due to come into force in the UK on June 15.
From then, web users who want to access adult websites need to be verified – either through their passport details, bank card or by purchasing a “porn pass” from a shop.
But Firefox, developed by tech firm Mozilla, could roll out DNS encryption to keep users’ browsing secret, Daily Star Online reports.
DNS or Domain Name System encryption hides the IP address that identifies which devices are accessing certain sites.
KEEPS BROWSING SECRET
It allows users more privacy – but critics argue the encryption makes it harder for the Government to find terrorists and paedophiles online.
The Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) – representing firms including BT, Virgin, and Sky – also worries encryption could make parental controls ineffective.
There were rumours that Google Chrome, the UK’s most popular browser, would introduce DNS encryption – but it has reportedly changed direction.
However, Firefox is looking less likely to back down, according to the Star’s sources who attended a crunch meeting with the Government earlier this year.

SAFETY CONCERNS
The ISPA said it is “concerned” about Firefox’s reported encryption plan.
A spokesperson said: “We remain concerned about the consequences these proposed changes will have for online safety and security, and it is therefore important that the Government sends a strong message to the browser manufacturers such as Mozilla that their encryption plans do not undermine current internet safety standards in the UK.”
But Daniel Pryor of the right-leaning think-tank the Adam Smith Institute says any efforts to strengthen web users’ right to privacy should be encouraged.
FREEDOMS DASHED
He said: “This Government is looking to lead the Western world in internet censorship, so shady meetings with internet providers are hardly surprising.
“Anyone can bypass the upcoming porn block and other content restrictions using a VPN or optional browser settings, but the Government is worried that rumoured changes to Chrome and Firefox could make it even easier.
“Millions of Brits want security and privacy when they go online—especially when the parent company of a porn age check provider has a long history of data breaches.
“Hopefully Google and Mozilla will stand by their customers rather than bending to Government pressure.”
The Sun Online has contacted Mozilla for comment.
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Mozilla has said publicly they have already started rolling out DNS in the US as of April 1.
In a blog post last month, the tech firm said: “We are working to build a larger ecosystem of trusted [DNS] providers, and we hope to be able to experiment with other providers soon.
“As before, we will continue to share the results of the [DNS] tests and provide updates once future plans solidify.”
Alamy Popular porn sites like Pornhub will be blocked for users who don’t have a pass – unless an encrypted browser allows them access
Alamy Firefox is reportedly going to roll out DNS encryption after Google Chrome allegedly backed away from the move following concerns
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