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BT Responds With Cleanfeed Clarity
By: MarkJ - 22 July, 2004 (1:15 PM)

BT has responded to calls by the UK Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA), which requested that the operator clarify what was being tracked by its Cleanfeed system:

BT's Statement in Full
From Mike Galvin, BT Director of Internet Operations


BT has been totally clear about the figures. Basically, there was an average of 10,000 blocks a day between 21 June and 13 July but the figure was 23,000 a day during the last week when the test period had ended and the system was fully in place. These figures include both deliberate and accidental attempts to access blocked sites as well as multiple attempts. The figures give no indication of the intent behind an access attempt so any claim to identify the number of people from the number of blocked visits is pure speculation.

BT has always said the technology is not a total solution to this challenging problem, but it is a start. BT agrees with ISPA that the IWF has made great progress with tackling the hosting of such sites in the UK and BT sees this technology as a step forward. It is different in that it tackles the problem from another angle by preventing people from deliberately or accidentally sites including those located overseas.

The fight against child abuse is a global one and so it is important that everyone works as closely as they can with the relevant law enforcement agencies and bodies such as the IWF. As a result, we have said we are willing to share the technology with other service providers on a non commercial basis and so we look forward to discussions with them.


Whether this is enough to satisfy the ISPA is unknown. More @ The Register.


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