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bbfc av graphic logo The UK will become the first country in the world to bring in age-verification for online pornography when the measures come into force on 15 July 2019.It means that commercial providers of online pornography will be required by law to carry out robust age-verification checks on users, to ensure that they are 18 or over.

Websites that fail to implement age-verification technology face having payment services withdrawn or being blocked for UK users.

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) will be responsible for ensuring compliance with the new laws. They have confirmed that they will begin enforcement on 15 July, following an implementation period to allow websites time to comply with the new standards.

Minister for Digital Margot James said that she wanted the UK to be the most censored place in the world to b eonline:

Adult content is currently far too easy for children to access online. The introduction of mandatory age-verification is a world-first, and we’ve taken the time to balance privacy concerns with the need to protect children from inappropriate content. We want the UK to be the safest place in the world to be online, and these new laws will help us achieve this.

Government has listened carefully to privacy concerns and is clear that age-verification arrangements should only be concerned with verifying age, not identity. In addition to the requirement for all age-verification providers to comply with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) standards, the BBFC have created a voluntary certification scheme, the Age-verification Certificate (AVC), which will assess the data security standards of AV providers. The AVC has been developed in cooperation with industry, with input from government.

Certified age-verification solutions which offer these robust data protection conditions will be certified following an independent assessment and will carry the BBFC’s new green ‘AV’ symbol. Details will also be published on the BBFC’s age-verification website, ageverificationregulator.com so consumers can make an informed choice between age-verification providers.

BBFC Chief Executive David Austin said:

The introduction of age-verification to restrict access to commercial pornographic websites to adults is a ground breaking child protection measure. Age-verification will help prevent children from accessing pornographic content online and means the UK is leading the way in internet safety.

On entry into force, consumers will be able to identify that an age-verification provider has met rigorous security and data checks if they carry the BBFC’s new green ‘AV’ symbol.

The change in law is part of the Government’s commitment to making the UK the safest place in the world to be online, especially for children. It follows last week’s publication of the Online Harms White Paper which set out clear responsibilities for tech companies to keep UK citizens safe online, how these responsibilities should be met and what would happen if they are not.

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ico censorship proposal This is the biggest censorship event of the year. It is going destroy the livelihoods of many. It is framed as if it were targeted at Facebook and the like, to sort out their abuse of user data, particularly for kids.However the kicker is that the regulations will equally apply to all UK accessed websites that earn at least earn some money and process user data in some way or other.  Even small websites will then be required to default to treating all their readers as children and only allow more meaningful interaction with them if they verify themselves as adults. The default kids-only mode bans likes, comments, suggestions, targeted advertising etc, even for non adult content.

Furthermore the ICO expects websites to formally comply with the censorship rules using market researchers, lawyers, data protection officers, expert consultants, risk assessors and all the sort of people that cost a grand a day.

Of course only the biggest players will be able to afford the required level of red tape and instead of hitting back at Facebook, Google, Amazon and co for misusing data, they will further add to their monopoly position as they will be the only companies big enough to jump over the government’s child protection hurdles.

Another dark day for British internet users and businesses.

The ICO write in a press release

Today we’re setting out the standards expected of those responsible for designing, developing or providing online services likely to be accessed by children, when they process their personal data.

Parents worry about a lot of things. Are their children eating too much sugar, getting enough exercise or doing well at school. Are they happy?

In this digital age, they also worry about whether their children are protected online. You can log on to any news story, any day to see just how children are being affected by what they can access from the tiny computers in their pockets.

Last week the Government published its white paper covering online harms.

Its proposals reflect people’s growing mistrust of social media and online services. While we can all benefit from these services, we are also increasingly questioning how much control we have over what we see and how our information is used.

There has to be a balancing act: protecting people online while embracing the opportunities that digital innovation brings.

And when it comes to children, that’s more important than ever. In an age when children learn how to use a tablet before they can ride a bike, making sure they have the freedom to play, learn and explore in the digital world is of paramount importance.

The answer is not to protect children from the digital world, but to protect them within it.

So today we’re setting out the standards expected of those responsible for designing, developing or providing online services likely to be accessed by children, when they process their personal data. Age appropriate design: a code of practice for online services has been published for consultation.

When finalised, it will be the first of its kind and set an international benchmark.

It will leave online service providers in no doubt about what is expected of them when it comes to looking after children’s personal data. It will help create an open, transparent and protected place for children when they are online.

Organisations should follow the code and demonstrate that their services use children’s data fairly and in compliance with data protection law. Those that don’t, could face enforcement action including a fine or an order to stop processing data.

Introduced by the Data Protection Act 2018, the code sets out 16 standards of age appropriate design for online services like apps, connected toys, social media platforms, online games, educational websites and streaming services, when they process children’s personal data. It’s not restricted to services specifically directed at children.

The code says that the best interests of the child should be a primary consideration when designing and developing online services. It says that privacy must be built in and not bolted on.

Settings must be “high privacy” by default (unless there’s a compelling reason not to); only the minimum amount of personal data should be collected and retained; children’s data should not usually be shared; geolocation services should be switched off by default. Nudge techniques should not be used to encourage children to provide unnecessary personal data, weaken or turn off their privacy settings or keep on using the service. It also addresses issues of parental control and profiling.

The code is out for consultation until 31 May. We will draft a final version to be laid before Parliament and we expect it to come into effect before the end of the year.

Our Code of Practice is a significant step, but it’s just part of the solution to online harms. We see our work as complementary to the current initiatives on online harms, and look forward to participating in discussions regarding the Government’s white paper.

The proposals are now open for public consultation:

The Information Commissioner is seeking feedback on her draft code of practice Age appropriate design — a code of practice for online services likely to be accessed by children (the code).

The code will provide guidance on the design standards that the Commissioner will expect providers of online ‘Information Society Services’ (ISS), which process personal data and are likely to be accessed by children, to meet.

The code is now out for public consultation and will remain open until 31 May 2019. The Information Commissioner welcomes feedback on the specific questions set out below.

You can respond to this consultation via our online survey , or you can download the document below and email to ageappropriatedesign@ico.org.uk .

lternatively, print off the document and post to:

Age appropriate design code consultation
Policy Engagement Department
Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

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web user The legislators behind the Digital Economy Act couldn’t be bothered to include any provisions for websites and age verifiers to keep the identity and browsing history of porn users safe. It has now started to dawn on the authorities that this was a mistake. They are currently implementing a voluntary kitemark scheme to try and assure users that porn website’s and age verifier’s claims of keeping data safe can be borne out.It is hardly surprising that significant numbers of people are likely to be interested in avoiding having to register their identity details before being able to access porn.

It seems obvious that information about VPNs and Tor will therefore be readily circulated amongst any online community with an interest in keeping safe. But perhaps it is a little bit of a shock to see it is such large letters in a mainstream magazine on the shelves of supermarkets and newsagents.

And perhaps anther thought is that once the BBFC starting ISPs to block non-compliant websites then circumvention will be the only way see your blocked favourite websites. So people stupidly signing up to age verification will have less access to porn and a worse service than those that circumvent it.

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iwantfourplay A TV channel, a porn producer, an age verifier and maybe even the government got together this week to put out a live test of age verification. The test was implemented on a specially created website featuring a single porn video.The test required a well advertised website to provide enough traffic of viewers positively wanting to see the content. Channel 4 obliged with  its series Mums Make Porn. The series followed a group of mums making a porn video that they felt would be more sex positive and less harmful to kids than the more typical porn offerings currently on offer.

The mums did a good job and produced a decent video with a more loving and respectful interplay than is the norm. The video however is still proper hardcore porn and there is no way it could be broadcast on Channel 4. So the film was made available, free of charge, on its own dedicated website complete with an age verification requirement.

The website was announced as a live test for AgeChecked software to see how age verification would pan out in practice. It featured the following options for age verification

  1. entering full credit card details + email
  2. entering driving licence number + name and address + email
  3. mobile phone number + email (the phone must have been verified as 18+ by the service provider and must must be ready to receive an SMS message containing login details)

Nothing has been published in detail about the aims of the test but presumably they were interested in the basic questions such as:

  • What proportion of potential viewers will be put off by the age verification?
  • What proportion of viewers would be stupid enough to enter their personal data?
  • Which options of identification would be preferred by viewers?

 

The official test ‘results’

Alastair Graham, CEO of AgeChecked provided a few early answers inevitably claiming that:

The results of this first mainstream test of our software were hugely encouraging.

He went on to claim that customers are willing to participate in the process, but noted that verified phone number method emerged as by far the most popular method of verification. He said that this finding would be a key part of this process moving forward.

Reading between the lines perhaps he was saying that there wasn’t much appetite for handing over detailed personal identification data as required by the other two methods.

I suspect that we will never get to hear more from AgeChecked especially about any reluctance of people to identify themselves as porn viewers.

 

The unofficial test results

codebreakers Maybe they were also interested in other questions too:

  • Will people try and work around the age verification requirements?
  • if people find weaknesses in the age verification defences, will they pass on their discoveries to others?

Interestingly the age verification requirement was easily sidestepped by those with a modicum of knowledge about downloading videos from websites such as YouTube and PornHub. The age verification mechanism effectively only hid the start button from view. The actual video remained available for download, whether people age verified or not. All it took was a little examination of the page code to locate the video. There are several tools that allow this: video downloader addons, file downloaders or just using the browser’s built in debugger to look at the page code.

Presumably the code for the page was knocked up quickly so this flaw could have been a simple oversight that is not likely to occur in properly constructed commercial websites. Or perhaps the vulnerability was deliberately included as part of the test to see if people would pick up on it.

However it did identify that there is a community of people willing to stress test age verification restrictions and see if work rounds can be found and shared.

I noted on Twitter that several people had posted about the ease of downloading the video and had suggested a number of tools or methods that enabled this.

There was also an interesting article posted on achieving age verification using an expired credit card. Maybe that is not so catastrophic as it still identifies a cardholder as over 18, even if cannot be used to make a payment. But of course it may open new possibilities for misuse of old data. Note that random numbers are unlikely to work because of security algorithms. Presumably age verification companies could strengthen the security by testing that a small transaction works, but this intuitively this would have significant cost implications. I guess that to achieve any level of take up, age verification needs to be cheap for both websites and viewers.

 

Community Spirit

It was very heartening to see how many people were helpfully contributing their thoughts about testing the age verification software.

Over the course of a couple of hours reading, I learnt an awful lot about how websites hide and protect video content, and what tools are available to see through the protection. I suspect that many others will soon be doing the same… and I also suspect that young minds will be far more adept than I at picking up such knowledge.

 

A final thought

I feel a bit sorry for small websites who sell content. It adds a whole new level complexity as a currently open preview area now needs to be locked away behind an age verification screen. Many potential customers will be put off by having to jump through hoops just to see the preview material. To then ask them to enter all their credit card details again to subscribe, may be a hurdle too far.

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techdirt logo In an interesting article on the Government age verification and internet porn censorship scheme, technology website Techdirt reports on the ever slipping deadlines.Seemingly with detailed knowledge of government requirements for the scheme, Tim Cushing explains that up until recently the government has demand that age verification companies retain a site log presumably recording people’s porn viewing history. He writes:

The government refreshed its porn blockade late last year, softening a few mandates into suggestions. But the newly-crafted suggestions were backed by the implicit threat of heavier regulation. All the while, the government has ignored the hundreds of critics and experts who have pointed out the filtering plan’s numerous problems — not the least of which is a government-mandated collection of blackmail fodder.

The government is no longer demanding retention of site logs by sites performing age verification, but it’s also not telling companies they shouldn’t retain the data. Companies likely will retain this data anyway, if only to ensure they have it on hand when the government inevitably changes it mind.

Cushing concludes with a comment perhaps suggesting that the Government wants a far more invasive snooping regime than commercial operators are able or willing to provide. He notes:

Shortly. April 1st will come and go with no porn filter. The next best guess is around Easter (April 21st). But I’d wager that date comes and goes as well with zero new porn filters. The UK government only knows what it wants. It has no idea how to get it. I

And it seems that some age verification companies are getting wound up by negative internet and press coverage of the dangers inherent in their services. @glynmoody tweeted:

I see age verification companies that will create the biggest database of people’s porn preferences – perfect for blackmail – are now trying to smear people pointing out this is a stupid idea as deliberately creating a climate of fear and confusion about the technologies nope

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iwantfourplayThe age verification company AgeChecked and porn producer Erika Lust have created a test website for a live trial of age verification.The test website iwantfourplay.com features the porn video created by the mums in the Channel 4 series Mums Make Porn.

The website presented the video free of charge, but only after viewers passed one of 3 options for age verification:

  1. entering full credit card details + email
  2. entering driving licence number + name and address + email
  3. mobile phone number + email (the phone must have been verified as 18+ by the service provider and must must be ready to receive an SMS message containing login details)

The AgeChecked forms are unimpressive, the company seems reluctant to inform customers about requirements before handing over details. The forms do not even mention that the age requirement is 18+. It certainly does not try to make it clear that say a debit card is unacceptable or that a driving licence is not acceptable if registered to a 17 year old. It seems that they would prefer users to type in all their details and then tell them sorry, the card/licence/phone number doesn’t pass the test. In fact the mobile phone option is distinctly misleading it suggests that it may be quicker to use the other options if the mobile phone is not age verified. It should say more positively that an unverified phone cannot be used.

The AgeChecked forms also make contradictory claims about users personal data not being stored by Age Checked (or shared with  iwantfourplay.com)… but then goes on to ask for email address for logging into existing existing AgeChecked accounts, so obviously that item of personal data must be stored by AgeChecked for practical recurring usage.

AgeChecked has already reported on the early results from the test. Alastair Graham, CEO of AgeChecked said:

The results of this first mainstream test of our software were hugely encouraging.

Whilst an effective date for the new legislation’s implementation is yet to be confirmed by the British Board of Film Classification, this suggests a clear preparedness to offer robust, secure age verification procedures to the adult industry’s 24-30 million UK users.

It also highlights that customers are willing to participate in the process when they know that they are being verified by a secure provider, with whom their identity is fully protected.

The popularity of mobile phone verification was interesting and presumably due the simplicity of using this device. This is something that we foresee as being a key part of this process moving forward.

Don’t these people spout rubbish sometimes, pretending that not wanting to have one’s credit card details, name and address details associated with watching porn is just down to convenience.

Graham also did not mention other perhaps equally important results from the test. In particular I wonder how many people seeking the video simply decided not to proceed further when presented by age verification options.

I wonder also how many people watched the video without going through age verification. I noted that with a little jiggery pokery, the video could be viewed by VPN. I also noted that although the age verification got in the way of clicking on the video, file/video downloading browser addons were still able to access the video without bothering with
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Spy Cat…The latest children’s film suffering BBFC category cuts for UK cinema release

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Poster Marnies Welt 2018 Christoph Lauenstein and WolfganSpy Cat is a 2018 Germany / Belgium family animation adventure by Christoph Lauenstein and Wolfgang Lauenstein.
Starring Alexandra Neldel and Axel Prahl. BBFC link IMDb

Four crazy antiheroes on the run. Their leader is the unworldly innocent, naive Marnie, a house cat who is not allowed to leave the house and only knows about real life from television. Based loosely on Grimms “The Bremen Town Musicians” a modern, hilarious road movie is told.

Passed U for very mild comic violence, rude humour, language after 57s of BBFC category cuts for 2019 cinema release.The film had earlier been passed PG uncut for mild bad language, violence, rude humour.

The BBFC commented:

    • Company chose to make various cuts to receive a lower classification. Cuts were made to remove instances of mild bad language and word play on strong language, to remove mild sex references, to reduce scenes of mild rude humour, and to reduce sequences of mild violence and threat. An uncut PG classification was available.
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    • Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC…Spy Cat, The Sender

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Poster Ballon 2018 Michael Herbig As Michael Bully

Balloon

Balloon (Ballon) is a 2018 Germany historical thriller by Michael Herbig (as Michael Bully Herbig).
Starring Friedrich Mücke, Karoline Schuch and David Kross. BBFC link IMDb

Tick Small 12A Small UK: Passed 12A uncut for moderate threat ( 125:17s ) :
  • 2019 cinema release

Summary Notes

In the summer of 1979, in Thüringen, in East Germany, two families put together a crazy plan. They are desperate to leave the DDR for the ‘West’ and plan to flee in a homemade hot air balloon. After sewing and tinkering for weeks, the amateurs make their first attempt. Meters from the West German border, their balloon suffers from the rain and crash lands. Luckily, they manage to avoid being caught by the police. However, the wreckage from their escape attempt is found and that triggers a desperate manhunt. The tension rises as the families determine to try again, and a race against time ensues. On the one hand, the authorities, desperate to track down the traitors, become aware that a second attempt is being planned. On the other, the would-be escapees, conscious of the search drawing ever nearer, need to build a more robust, weatherproof balloon – and avoid leaving too many clues.

Poster Jesus Christ Superstar 1973 Norman Jewison

Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar is a 1973 USA musical historical drama by Norman Jewison.
Starring Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson and Yvonne Elliman. BBFC link IMDb

Tick Small 12A Small UK: Passed 12A uncut for moderate violence, suicide scene ( 106:28s ) :
  • 2019 cinema release

Summary Notes

Based on a concept album project written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, and the subsequent long-running Broadway performance, this film tells the story of the final 6 days in the life of Jesus Christ through the troubled eyes of Judas Iscariot. Too often mis-labeled a musical, this film is a “rock opera.” There are no spoken lines, everything is sung.

Poster Spy Cat 2018 Christoph Lauenstein and Wolfgan

Spy Cat

Spy Cat (aka Marnie’s World) is a 2018 Germany / Belgium family animation adventure by Christoph Lauenstein and Wolfgang Lauenstein.
Starring Alexandra Neldel and Axel Prahl. BBFC link IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for a ‘U’ rated cinema release in 2019.

Cut Small U Small UK: Passed U for very mild comic violence, rude humour, language after 57s of BBFC category cuts ( 91:25s ) :
  • 2019 cinema release

The BBFC commented:

  • Company chose to make various cuts to receive a lower classification. Cuts were made to remove instances of mild bad language and word play on strong language, to remove mild sex references, to reduce scenes of mild rude humour, and to reduce sequences of mild violence and threat. An uncut PG classification was available.

Spy Cat was earlier passed PG for mild bad language, violence, rude humour ( 92:22s ) but the distributors preferred a cut U rated version.

Summary Notes

Four crazy antiheroes on the run. Their leader is the unworldly innocent, naive Marnie, a house cat who is not allowed to leave the house and only knows about real life from television. Based loosely on Grimms “The Bremen Town Musicians” a modern, hilarious road movie is told.

Poster Le Monde Est  Toi 2018 Romain Gavras

The World is Yours

The World is Yours is a 2018 France crime comedy by Romain Gavras.
Starring Karim Leklou, Isabelle Adjani and Vincent Cassel. BBFC link IMDb

Tick Small 15 Small UK: Passed 15 uncut for very strong language, strong violence, drug references ( 101:41s ) :
  • 2019 cinema release

Summary Notes

A small-time dealer dreams of another life but can’t afford it. To escape, he must accept one last job involving Spain, drugs, the Illuminati and his overbearing mother.

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Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Can You Ever Forgive Me? is a 2018 USA comedy biography by Marielle Heller.
Starring Julie Ann Emery, Melissa McCarthy and Jennifer Westfeldt. BBFC link IMDb

Tick Small 15 Small UK: Passed 15 uncut for very strong language, drug misuse ( 101:59s ) :
  • 2019 Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent. video

Summary Notes

The true story of bestselling celebrity biographer (and friend to cats) Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy), who made her living in the 1970s and ’80s profiling the likes of Katherine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack.

Additional Material:

  • Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Deleted Scenes [Additional Material, Audio Commentary With Director Marielle Heller]
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Promotional Featurettes: Becoming Lee Israel [Additional Material]
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Promotional Featurettes: A Literary World [Additional Material]
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Deleted Scenes [Additional Material]
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me? [Additional Material, Audio Description]
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me? [Additional Material, Audio Commentary With Marielle Heller and Melissa Mccarthy]
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Promotional Featurettes: Likely Friends [Additional Material]
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Promotional Featurettes: Elevator Pitch [Additional Material]
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me? – DVD Moving Menus [Additional Material, Menu]
Poster Captor 2018 Robert Budreau

The Captor

The Captor is a 2018 Canada / USA crime comedy drama by Robert Budreau.
Starring Mark Strong, Noomi Rapace and Ethan Hawke. BBFC link IMDb

Tick Small 15 Small UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language, threat, violence ( 88:23s ) :
  • 2019 Signature Entertainment video

Summary Notes

Based on the absurd but true 1973 bank heist and hostage crisis in Stockholm that was documented in the New Yorker as the origins of the ‘Stockholm Syndrome’.

My Favorite Spy

My Favorite Spy is a thriller by Norman Z McLeod.
Starring Bob Hope, Hedy Lamarr and Francis L Sullivan. BBFC link

Tick Small 12 Small UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate violence ( 89:32s ) :
  • 2019 Screenbound Pictures [Full Frame] video
The Sender Blu-ray

The Sender

The Sender is a 1982 UK horror thriller by Roger Christian.
Starring Kathryn Harrold, Zeljko Ivanek and Shirley Knight. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb

Tick Small 15 Small UK: Passed 15 uncut for suicide references, strong gore, threat ( 91:42s ) :

Summary Notes

A young man has just been admitted to a mental hospital after attempting suicide at a public beach. Unable to remember even his own name, the doctors call him John Doe #83. Soon after his arrival, the doctor assigned to him begins seeing and hearing things around her that have no explanation. Soon she beings to make the terrifying connection between the things she’s seeing and her new patient.

Under the Tonto Rim

Under the Tonto Rim is a 1947 USA western by Lew Landers.
Starring Tim Holt, Nan Leslie and Richard Martin. BBFC link IMDb

Tick Small PG Small UK: Passed PG uncut for mild violence ( 60:59s ) :
  • 2019 Screenbound Pictures video

Summary Notes

When the Tonto Rim gang attack Brad’s stagecoach, they take the strongbox and kill one of his workers. Learning the gang member Patton is in jail, Brad gets himself thrown in also. Chito helps break him out and he takes Patton with him. Patton leads him to the Tonto Rim hideout, but needing to get to the Sheriff, Brad finds himself a prisoner.

vod VoDBBFC decisions on 29 March 2019

Baristas

Baristas is a documentary TV episode by Rock Baijnauth.
Starring Miki Suzuki, Kyle Ramage and Chloe J Nattrass. BBFC link

Tick Small 15 Small UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language ( 97:37s ) :
  • 2019 The Orchard VoD

Breaking & Exiting

Breaking & Exiting is a comedy romance by Peter Facinelli.
Starring Milo Gibson, Jordan Hinson and Adam Huber. BBFC link

Tick Small 18 Small UK: Passed 18 uncut for suicide theme ( 78:24s ) :
  • 2019 Content Media Corporation INTL. VoD
TV Censorship TV on DVDBBFC decisions on 29 March 2019

Cloak and Dagger

Cloak and Dagger is a fantasy drama by Jennifer Phang.
Starring Olivia Holt, Aubrey Joseph and Gloria Reuben. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 1, Episode 1, Restless Energy Passed 15 for strong violence, sexual threat, drug misuse (49:14s)
  • Season 1, Episode 10, Colony Collapse Passed 15 for strong violence (42:18s)
  • Season 1, Episode 2, Suicide Sprints Passed 15 for strong violence (42:16s)
  • Season 1, Episode 3, Stained Glass Passed 15 for strong violence (40:20s)
  • Season 1, Episode 4, Call/response Passed 15 for strong violence, drug misuse, suicide attempt (42:02s)
  • Season 1, Episode 5, Princeton Offense Passed 15 for drug misuse, strong violence, sex (42:19s)
  • Season 1, Episode 6, Funhouse Mirrors Passed 15 for strong violence, sex (41:54s)
  • Season 1, Episode 7, Lotus Eaters Passed 15 for strong violence (42:16s)
  • Season 1, Episode 8, Ghost Stories Passed 15 for strong violence, gore (42:19s)

Dynasty

Dynasty is a drama by Pascal Verschooris.
Starring Elizabeth Gillies, James Mackay and Robert Christopher Riley. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 2, Episode 14, Parisian Legend Has It… Passed 15 for strong violence, gory images (43:08s)
  • Season 2, Episode 15, Motherly Overprotectiveness Passed 12 for moderate threat, violence (42:43s)
  • Season 2, Episode 16, Miserably Ungrateful Men Passed 15 for strong violence, sex references (43:02s)

Possessed

Possessed is a crime horror drama BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 1, Episode 4 Passed 15 for strong violence (69:48s)
  • Season 1, Episode 5 Passed 15 for strong violence, injury detail, language (65:44s)
  • Season 1, Episode 6 Passed 15 for strong violence (64:31s)

Rupaul’s Drag Race

Rupaul’s Drag Race is a reality TV episode
Starring RuPaul, Jovan Bridges and Jose Cancel. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 11, Episode 1, Whatcha Unpackin? Passed 15 for strong language (61:48s)
  • Season 11, Episode 2, Good God Girl, Get Out Passed 15 for strong language (61:21s)
  • Season 11, Episode 3 Passed 15 for strong language (61:06s)
  • Season 11, Episode 4, Trump: The Rusical Passed 15 for strong language (61:28s)
  • Season 11, Episode 5, Monster Ball Passed 15 for strong language, sexual innuendo (61:23s)

Rupaul’s Drag Race: Untucked!

Rupaul’s Drag Race: Untucked! is a reality TV episode
Starring RuPaul and Miley Cyrus. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 11, Episode 1 Passed 15 for strong language (20:27s)
  • Season 11, Episode 2 Passed 15 for strong language (20:08s)
  • Season 11, Episode 3 Passed 15 for strong language (20:32s)
  • Season 11, Episode 4 Passed 15 for strong language (19:38s)
  • Season 11, Episode 5 Passed 15 for strong language (20:33s)

Star Trek: Discovery

Star Trek: Discovery is a Sci-Fi drama by Hanelle M Culpepper.
Starring Ethan Peck, Anson Mount and Sonequa Martin-Green. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 2, Episode 10, the Red Angel Passed 15 for brief strong injury detail, threat (48:00s)
  • Season 2, Episode 11, Perpetual Infinity Passed 12 for moderate violence, threat (49:22s)
  • Season 2, Episode 12, Through the Valley of Shadows Passed 12 for moderate violence, threat, injury detail (45:41s)
  • Season 2, Episode 9, Project Daedalus Passed 12 for moderate violence, threat, gory images (53:20s)

Ultraman

Ultraman is a animation Sci-Fi fantasy
Starring Josh Hutcherson (voice), Matthew Mercer (voice) and Fred Tatasciore (voice). BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 1, Episode 1 Passed PG for mild bad language, violence (23:09s)
  • Season 1, Episode 10 Passed 12 for moderate fantasy violence (23:09s)
  • Season 1, Episode 11 Passed 12 for moderate fantasy violence (23:07s)
  • Season 1, Episode 12 Passed 12 for moderate violence (23:07s)
  • Season 1, Episode 13 Passed 15 for strong bloody violence (25:09s)
  • Season 1, Episode 2 Passed 15 for strong bloody violence (23:07s)
  • Season 1, Episode 3 Passed 15 for strong bloody violence (23:07s)
  • Season 1, Episode 4 Passed 12 for infrequent strong language, moderate fantasy violence (23:07s)
  • Season 1, Episode 5 Passed 15 for strong language, bloody crime scene detail (23:09s)
  • Season 1, Episode 6 Passed 15 for strong bloody violence (23:09s)
  • Season 1, Episode 7 Passed 15 for strong bloody violence (23:09s)
  • Season 1, Episode 8 Passed 15 for strong bloody violence (23:07s)
  • Season 1, Episode 9 Passed 15 for strong bloody violence (23:09s)
  • Season 1, Episodes 1-13 Passed 15 for strong bloody violence (302:45s)
video Children’s DVDBBFC decisions on 29 March 2019

Tumble Leaf

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Weekly US Ratings from the MPAA…Latest classification decisions

  • Child’s Play
  • Donbass
  • Dora and the Lost City of Gold
  • Odeon: We Are Family – Family Saver 35 UK
  • Odeon: We Are Family – Grown Ups Pay Kids’ Prices Ni
  • Odeon: We Are Family – Kids For Five Quids Ni
  • Odeon: We Are Family – Family Saver UK
  • Pet Sematary
  • Rafiki
  • Spy Cat
  • Steel Country
  • Strike
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The Kid Who Would Be King

Additional Material:

  • The Kid Who Would Be King – Young Knights [Additional Material]
  • The Kid Who Would Be King [Additional Material, Audio Description]
  • The Kid Who Would Be King – Bd Moving Menus [Additional Material, Menu]
  • The Kid Who Would Be King – DVD Moving Menus [Additional Material, Menu]
  • The Kid Who Would Be King – “be the King” Lay Lay Music Video [Additional Material]
  • The Kid Who Would Be King – Deleted Scenes [Additional Material]
  • The Kid Who Would Be King – the Two Merlins [Additional Material]
  • The Kid Who Would Be King – Movie Magic [Additional Material]
  • The Kid Who Would Be King – Origins of a King [Additional Material]
  • The Kid Who Would Be King – Merlin’s Magic: Portals [Additional Material]
  • The Kid Who Would Be King – Merlin’s Magic: Popcorn [Additional Material]
  • The Kid Who Would Be King – Merlin’s Magic: Mind Control [Additional Material]
  • The Kid Who Would Be King – Merlin’s Magic: Duplication [Additional Material]
  • The Kid Who Would Be King – Knight School [Additional Material]
  • The Kid Who Would Be King – Meet Morgana [Additional Material]

 

 

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Weekly US Ratings from the MPAA…

Latest classification decisions

MPAA Bulletin 2572, 04 April 2019

Always Be My Maybe

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug use/references, and language.

Netflix Inc.

Bad Trip

Rated R for crude sexual content, pervasive language, some graphic nudity and drug use.

Orion Releasing LLC

Poster Body at Brighton Rock 2019 Roxanne Benjamin

Body at Brighton Rock

Body at Brighton Rock is a 2019 USA thriller by Roxanne Benjamin.
Starring Karina Fontes, Casey Adams and Emily Althaus. IMDb

Rated R for language and some bloody images.

Magnolia Pictures

 

Summary Notes

Wendy, a part-time summer employee at a mountainous state park, takes on a rough trail assignment at the end of the season, trying to prove to her friends that she’s capable enough to do the job. When she takes a wrong turn and ends up deep in the backcountry, she stumbles upon what might be a potential crime scene. Stuck with no communication after losing her radio and with orders to guard the site, Wendy must fight the urge to run and do the harder job of staying put – spending the night deep in the wilderness, facing down her worst fears and proving to everyone – including herself – that she’s made of stronger stuff than they think she is.

Poster Brightburn 2019 David Yarovesky

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Weekly US DVD and Blu-ray Releases…Latest releases

Domino

Rated R for strong violence, some language and brief nudity.

Saban Films LLC

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My Hero Academia: Two Heroes

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes is a 2018 Japan action animation comedy by Kenji Nagasaki.
Starring Justin Briner, Christopher Sabat and Ray Chase. BBFC link IMDb

Rated PG-13 for some violent material/bloody images.

Funimation

 

Summary Notes

All Might and Deku accept an invitation to visit a floating man-made city called I Island where they meet a girl and battle against a villain who takes the island hostage.

 

Official Secrets

Official Secrets is a 2019 UK / USA biography by Gavin Hood.
Starring Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode and Ralph Fiennes. IMDb

Rated R for language.

IFC Films

 

Summary Notes

A morality tale for the 21st century, Official Secrets tells the true story of British Intelligence whistle-blower Katharine Gun who, during the immediate run-up to the 2003 Iraq invasion, leaked a top secret NSA memo exposing a joint US-UK illegal spying operation against members of the UN Security Council. The memo proposed blackmailing smaller, undecided member states into voting for war. At great personal and professional risk, journalist Martin Bright published the leaked document in The Observer newspaper in London, and the story made headlines around the world. Members of the Security Council were outraged and any chance of a UN resolution in favour of war collapsed. But within days, Bush declared he no longer needed UN backing and invaded anyway. As Iraq descended into chaos, Katharine was arrested and charged with breaching the Official Secrets Act. Martin faced potential charges too. Their legal battles exposed the highest levels of government in both London and Washington …

Operation Chicago

Rated R for language throughout including some sexual references.

Operation Chicago

Uglydolls

Rated PG for thematic elements and brief action.

STX Entertainment

 

 

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The Street Fighter Collection…film set by various just released on US Blu-ray all with a history of cuts

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Terra Formars Blu-ray

Terra Formars

Link Here Terra Formars is a 2016 Japan action Sci-Fi horror by Takashi Miike.
Starring Rinko Kikuchi, Rila Fukushima and Shun Oguri. BBFC link IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

There is also a UK release.

Promotional Material

The ever-prolific Takashi Miike, the director behind the likes of Audition, the Dead or Alive trilogy and Blade of the Immortal, returns with this intergalactic epic in which a team of space explorers find themselves pitched against a horde of oversized anthropomorphic cockroaches.

In the mid-21st century, humankind has been forced to look to colonising other planets as a means of combating overcrowding on Earth their first stop, Mars. With a population of cockroaches having been introduced on Mars some 500 years prior to help prepare the way for human colonization, a manned mission sets out to the red planet with the aim of clearing away the bugs. Upon arrival, however, they discover that the roaches have evolved to huge, vicious creatures capable of wielding weapons.

Based on the popular Manga series of the same name, Terra Formars is an action-packed space adventure brought to life by one of Japan s most celebrated contemporary filmmakers.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • High-Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original uncompressed Stereo and 5.1 DTS-HD MA options
  • Newly-translated English subtitles
  • The Making of Terra Formars – feature-length documentary on the film s production featuring a host of cast and crew interviews and behind-the-scenes footage
  • Extended cast interviews
  • Footage from the 2016 Japanese premiere
  • Outtakes
  • Image Gallery
  • Theatrical and teaser trailers
  • Reversible sleeve featuring two artwork options
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Fully illustrated collector s booklet with new writing on the film by Tom Mes

 

 

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The Street Fighter Collection…

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arms of the british governmentjpg logo The Government has been very secretive about its progress towards the starting of internet censorship for porn in the UK. Meanwhile the appointed internet porn censor, the BBFC, has withdrawn into its shell to hide from the flak. It has uttered hardy a helpful word on the subject in the last six months, just at a time when newspapers have been printing uniformed news items based on old guesstimates of when the scheme will start.The last target date was specified months ago when DCMS minister Margot James suggested that it was intended to get the scheme going around Easter of 2019. This date was not achieved but the newspapers seem to have jumped to the conclusion that the scheme would start on 1st April 2019. The only official response to this false news is that the DCMS will now be announcing the start date shortly.

So what has been going on?

Well it seems that maybe the government realised that asking porn websites and age verification services to demand that porn users identify themselves without any real legal protection on how that data can be used is perhaps not the wisest thing to do. Jim Killock of Open Rights Group explains that the delays are due to serious concerns about privacy and data collection:

When they consulted about the shape of age verification last summer they were surprised to find that nearly everyone who wrote back to them in that consultation said this was a privacy disaster and they need to make sure people’s data doesn’t get leaked out.

Because if it does it could be that people are outed, have their relationships break down, their careers could be damaged, even for looking at legal material.

The delays have been very much to do with the fact that privacy has been considered at the last minute and they’re having to try to find some way to make these services a bit safer. It’s introduced a policy to certify some of the products as better for privacy (than others) but it’s not compulsory and anybody who chooses one of those products might find they (the companies behind the sites) opt out of the privacy scheme at some point in the future.

And there are huge commercial pressures to do this because as we know with Facebook and Google user data is extremely valuable, it tells you lots about what somebody likes or dislikes or might want or not want.

So those commercial pressures will kick in and they’ll try to start to monetise that data and all of that data if it leaked out would be very damaging to people so it should simply never be collected.

So the government has been working on a voluntary kite mark scheme to approve age verifiers that can demonstrate to an auditor they will keep user data safe. This scheme seems to be in its early stages as the audit policy was first outlines to age verifiers on 13th March 2019. AvSecure reported on Twitter:

Friday saw several AV companies meet with the BBFC & the accreditation firm, who presented the framework & details of the proposed scheme.

Whilst the scheme itself seems very deep & comprehensive, there were several questions asked that we are all awaiting answers on.

The Register reports that AgeID has already commissioned a data security audit using the information security company, the NCC Group. Perhaps that company can therefore be rapidly approved by the official auditor, whose identity seems to being kept secret.

So the implementation schedule must presumably be that the age verifiers get audited over the next couple of months and then after that the government can give websites the official 3 months notice required to give websites time to implement the now accredited age verification schemes.

The commencement date will perhaps be about 5 or 6 months from now.