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#1 Crisp

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 23:54

ISPs to include porn filters as default in the UK by 2014

New and existing customers will have to opt out of filtering program.

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Parental filters for pornographic content will come as a default setting for all homes in the UK by the end of 2013, says David Cameron's special advisor on preventing the sexualization and commercialization of childhood, Claire Perry MP.

Internet service providers (ISP) will be expected to provide filtering technology to new and existing customers with an emphasis on opting out, rather than opting in.

"[In the UK] we will have filters where if you do nothing, the parental filters will come pre-ticked," said Perry, speaking at a Westminster eForum on 14 June.

The move is part of a government effort to force ISPs to make filtering a standard option across industry and to make the technology easier for consumers to use. As ISPs are voluntarily rolling out filtering technology, it will require no new legislation or regulations.

It had previously been feared that the government would force ISPs to block access to pornographic content unless a consumer specifically requested it.

 

 

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 00:06

I wonder if they keep a "wants porn" list.

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 00:11

Yikes, can't imagine calling up the customer service people to say I want to access my regular porn sites so please take me off the block list. :ermm:

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 00:14

Haha! I imagine a lot of people would be too embarrassed to opt out of the filtering program.



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Posted 17 June 2013 - 00:41

why aren't the porn sites putting up a fight?



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Posted 17 June 2013 - 00:48

If you don't learn from history you are bound to repeat it. http://www.zdnet.com...tes-1339281500/

 

I'm sure anyone with 15 minutes to spare can simply use TOR, torrents, alternative DNS's, or find storage locker links to download porn.. 



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Posted 17 June 2013 - 00:51

i have been blocking adult content on my home network for years using Open DNS



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Posted 17 June 2013 - 00:58

They are going to call it the "Glitter" filter.

 

They should also make the filter available as some kind of locally-installed proxy application for parents (fathers) who want to protect their young kids, but who also enjoy the odd ###### when the wife has a 'headache'.



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Posted 17 June 2013 - 01:08

Haha! I imagine a lot of people would be too embarrassed to opt out of the filtering program.

 

Maybe, but I won't be one of them. Don't censor my Internet.



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Posted 17 June 2013 - 05:41

Maybe, but I won't be one of them. Don't censor my Internet.

Indeed.  Something along the lines of:

 

"I understand that you are now illegally censoring my right to freedom of speech and demand that all such filters be removed from my paid for connection immediately."

 

Should do nicely.



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Posted 17 June 2013 - 05:44

 
I'm sure anyone with 15 minutes to spare can simply use TOR, torrents, alternative DNS's, or find storage locker links to download porn..

Or they could, you know, call up and have it unblocked legitimately?

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 06:10

Or they could, you know, call up and have it unblocked legitimately?

 

Until 7am the next day? that's a lot of calls to the ISP?



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Posted 17 June 2013 - 06:18

Trust me, some people aren't bothered about calling up an ISP to remove it. I've had customers call up because they can't access an 'escort' site... even had customers call up to report they cannot access nzbmatrix (was a few years back) - yes, they cannot access a website to download pirated materials...



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Posted 17 June 2013 - 06:21

I'm sure they will be more bothered if they have to call daily

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 06:40

i recall this is going to be a waste for a few reasons. (i could be wrong if it has changed, but this is what i read anyway)

 

it's opt out, it's going to be an 'option' on new computers.

 

so bumbling parents who have no idea how to use a computer, which lets face it, 90% of them are the ones making all the noise and the ones who have the issue, they are the ones that will let their children set up the computers, who in tern are going to opt out of the filters.

 

you have to indicate if you have children in the house when setting up the computer, or maybe the ISP's will now send a cd that you will have to install to access the internet, which will do the same, answer a bunch of questions and opt in/out.