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17th April, 2014 - 3:24 am (4 Comments)

One of the more puzzling aspects of the on-going political debate over Internet censorship (Parental Controls) is the issue of Age Verification, which has some politicians aggressively calling for a system that can verify an Internet user’s age before the ISPs network-level filters can be disabled. But is it even possible and do we really need it?


11th April, 2014 - 9:29 am (0 Comments)

The Open Rights Group (ORG) has written a new open letter that calls upon BT, Sky Broadband, TalkTalk and Virgin Media to clarify their positions on the storing of personal customer data / access logs, which follows a decision by the European Court of Justice to rule that the EU’s Data Retention Directive was now “invalid“.


8th April, 2014 - 9:46 am (3 Comments)

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has delivered a significant victory to privacy advocates after it ruled that the EU’s Data Retention Directive, which requires member states and their phone / Internet providers to keep a basic access log of all website, email and phone call activity for up to 2 years, was now considered “invalid“.


5th March, 2014 - 2:40 pm (1 Comment)

The incumbent phone and broadband ISP for Hull in East Yorkshire, KC, has suffered yet another security snafu after they accidentally sent letters to customers that included the email addresses for other subscribers. Sadly it’s not their first security blunder.


3rd March, 2014 - 11:13 am (6 Comments)

The British Labour Party looks set to take a 3rd swipe at reviving their failed Internet Snooping laws, which over the past 6 years have twice been rejected due to issues of unpopularity, cost, technical viability and general confusion.


28th February, 2014 - 12:01 am (6 Comments)

Virgin Media has today become the last of the big broadband ISPs to launch free Parental Controls (Web Safe), which support the Government demanded network-level filtering technology to help censor “potentially age-inappropriate websites“. Virgin’s site is also being updated to reflect their new headline speeds of up to 152Mbps.


26th February, 2014 - 12:54 pm (3 Comments)

Budget broadband and calls provider TalkTalk reports that its recent move to become “the first and only ISP” to make all of their fixed phone line privacy calling features (e.g. Last Caller Barring and Anonymous Caller Reject) completely free has boosted the number of customers using the service almost four-fold.


21st January, 2014 - 2:14 pm (0 Comments)

Internet providers take note; a wide gaze is being cast across your security measures. The latest ISP to feel the heat is KC’s sibling Eclipse Internet, which makes no attempt to hide their customer’s user password when they login to check the broadband providers online account pages.


16th January, 2014 - 5:24 pm (9 Comments)

Budget broadband provider TalkTalk today claims to have become “the first and only ISP” to make all of its fixed phone line privacy calling features, such as Last Caller Barring and Anonymous Caller Reject, completely free.


9th January, 2014 - 8:52 am (7 Comments)

The European Parliament’s civil liberties committee has today published a damning new report that heavily criticises the USA, United Kingdom and other EU member states for their activities towards fostering mass Internet surveillance, which MEPs said often appeared to involve “illegal actions” that should be prohibited.


7th January, 2014 - 1:12 pm (2 Comments)

Broadband ISP customers that own some models of Cisco, Netgear, Linksys or certain other routers could be vulnerable to a new backdoor exploit that allows a hacker to remotely input their own admin password and possibly gain full access to your network.


13th December, 2013 - 1:22 pm (22 Comments)

As expected BT has today become the latest major UK home broadband ISP to launch FREE Parental Controls that include the Government demanded network-level filtering technology, which puts the Internet provider in charge of blocking access to adult websites; but only if you agree not to disable it.


22nd November, 2013 - 8:41 am (0 Comments)

The World Wide Web Foundation, a non-profit organization established by WWW inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has today published its annual 2013 Web Index that ranks 81 countries by broadband access quality, affordability and Internet related policies. Happily the United Kingdom remains in 3rd place and even improved its score slightly.


21st November, 2013 - 8:01 am (8 Comments)

The Director of broadband ISP Andrews & Arnold (AAISP), Adrian Kennard, has criticised electronics giant LG after it was revealed that at least some of the firms internet-enabled smart televisions were collecting and sending a wealth of their owners personal viewing habits and other content to a remote collection server, with no way to disable it.

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