In my eyes it would have to work...
Leading search engine companies Google and Microsoft have agreed measures to make it harder to find child abuse images online.The part in bold is the crux of the matter, considering how Google (at least) scans everything you type into it in order to target you for adverts (Note, if you're getting something for free, chances are you aren't a recipient, but a product, and sold as such) Does anyone else here suspect that those who wish to look at images of child abuse are not going to use Google or Bing? Hell I even expect that they aren't (if they are smart) using a mainstream browser or operating system either.
As many as 100,000 search terms will now return no results that find illegal material, and will trigger warnings that child abuse imagery is illegal.
PM David Cameron has welcomed the move but said it must be delivered or he would bring forward new legislation.
Child protection experts have warned most images are on hidden networks.
In July, Mr Cameron called on Google and Microsoft's Bing - which together account for 95% of search traffic - to do more to prevent people getting access to illegal images.
In essence this is probably simply a method by the two search engine operators to prevent idiots like Cameron coming up with stupid legislation to cripple their operations. You can almost see the mission creep from such legislation creeping into other areas such as MP scandals etc with the introduction at a later date of addendum's to the original bill. After all, look at the abuse of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 since it was introduced to combat terrorism. It's been used to check on abuse of school catchment areas, improper use of recycling bins, neighbourhood disputes etc.
The government knows that any move to combat child abuse will be popular, the problem is that the government can't be trusted to not add to any such moves.
You can bet if the two search engine operators fail to do as the government wants that such legislation will be waiting in the wings.
You can bet it will be popular.
You can bet it won't work as planned.
You can bet that it will be expanded into other areas the government doesn't want us to look at...