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Censorship or sensible?

Got an O2 smartphone - like, for example, the majority of iPhone users? Have you perhaps tried to use it recently to obtain some, how shall we say, 'adult' content? (Like, you know, boobs & bums?) Then you've probably been confronted with a screen telling you it's no-go.

O2 have teamed up with a security service called Bango to restrict users' access to adult material over their network. You can opt out of it, but you need to provide credit card details or take your passport to an O2 store to get it turned off. This goes beyond the usual model of opt-in parental controls.

What do you think - is this a sensible precaution, or are O2 erring too far on the side of caution? Would you like to see this approach extended to other mobile networks?

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