Want to watch something on YouTube? Get ready to show your ID first — if you live in Germany, that is. Politicians from the conservative German Christian Democratic Union (CDU) are proposing a bill that would force online video sites to institute strict registration requirements for all of their users. Even casual video viewers would have to register with full name, address and federal ID card number before being able to access a single clip. The measure is geared at reducing the number of violent and gang-related videos on YouTube.

Registration requirements like these may sound drastic, but they’re not without precedent in Germany. Politicians have instituted even harsher access barriers for porn sites, and the country is in the process of setting up an official Internet censorship list that would require ISPs to deny access to thousands of illegal web sites. Continue reading on Newteevee.com.

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