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banned and forbidden uk internet censorship

20th December, 2014 - 8:56 am (7 Comments)

As expected all of the United Kingdom’s largest broadband ISPs are now starting to interrupt the website browsing sessions of their existing customers in order to offer them an enforce option about whether or not to enable their network-level filtering (Parental Control) services, which block websites that are deemed to contain “adult content” and is a Government requirement.

security of broadband isp routers

19th December, 2014 - 10:44 am (4 Comments)

Consumers and businesses across the world are today being warned that at least 200 different models of broadband router (residential gateway) devices, including some by big name manufacturers like D-Link, Edimax, Huawei, TP-Link, ZTE and ZyXEL, are exposed to a critical vulnerability called the “Misfortune Cookie” (CVE-2014-9222).

website_browser_http_address_bar

15th December, 2014 - 1:25 am (4 Comments)

Customers of TalkTalk have been left frustrated after the budget broadband provider spent months dragging its feet by failing to fix an Opt-Out feature for their Error Replacement Service, which is a system that effectively hijacks and monetises typographical errors in your website browsers address bar.

internet law uk

8th December, 2014 - 3:19 pm (3 Comments)

The High Court in London has today granted permission for a Judicial Review of the United Kingdom’s controversial and semi-recycled Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIP), which is the law that among other things governs how much information the security services can collect from Internet and phone providers.

padlock

4th December, 2014 - 12:07 pm (9 Comments)

The UK Prime Minister’s (David Cameron) sometimes controversial Intellectual Property Advisor, Mike Weatherley (Conservative MP for Hove and Portslade), has somewhat bizarrely blamed broadband ISPs for helping to “facilitate” major hacks like the recent once that took place against Sony.

hit_head_here

25th November, 2014 - 5:46 pm (14 Comments)

It’s probably fair to say that most politicians can be a bit naïve when it comes to matters that require an understanding of ISPs and Internet communications. Sadly this also appears to be true of today’s report from the Commons Intelligence and Security Committee that effectively accused ISPs of failing to help stop the murder Fusilier Lee Rigby by not handing over key communications data.

internet snooping uk

24th November, 2014 - 12:19 pm (20 Comments)

The Government’s forthcoming Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill (CTSB) will this week introduce a number of new measures including a provision to help the security services identify suspects via a computer or mobile device’s individual Internet Protocol (IP) address. But what does this actually mean for broadband ISPs and their customers?

banned_from_the_internet_cross

14th November, 2014 - 3:11 pm (14 Comments)

The United Kingdom’s largest four broadband ISPs, including BT, Virgin Media, Sky Broadband and TalkTalk, have reached an agreement with the Government to block their customers from accessing terrorist and extremist material on the Internet. The ISPs will also offer a reporting button so that the public can notify providers when new sites crop up (we’re sure nobody will spam that with comical suggestions).

entanet uk

13th November, 2014 - 2:30 am (3 Comments)

Networking and broadband provider Entanet has criticised the new boss of the Government’s Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), Robert Hannigan, after he called for a new “deal” between the technology industry and intelligence organisations to help snoop on UK Internet and telephone communications

sky_broadband_sheild

10th November, 2014 - 1:43 pm (2 Comments)

Customers of UK ISP Sky Broadband (BSkyB), specifically those who elect to enable the providers free network-level filtering “Shield” service that works to block websites which contain “adult content” from view by young eyes (censorship), may like to know that a new watershed feature has just been added.

computer_internet_error

10th November, 2014 - 8:04 am (0 Comments)

Cable operator Virgin Media has issued a brief apology after an unspecified number of their customers suffered problems accessing websites due to a fault with the ISPs Web Safe (Parental Control) service, which uses network-level filtering to block “potentially age-inappropriate websites” from the eyes of children.

wifi_internet_security

23rd October, 2014 - 10:01 am (3 Comments)

Fibre optic ISP Hyperoptic has conducted a new study of 2,000 British adults that attempts to collate the sometimes poor performance of standard home broadband connections with the finding that 39% of respondents admitted to using their neighbours’ Internet connection by “stealing” their WiFi, which might be partly out of frustration with their own slow connections.

blocked_uk_website_parental_control

15th October, 2014 - 11:41 am (2 Comments)

A new survey of over 2,000 children (aged 14 – 17) from across the United Kingdom, which was jointly conducted by the Oxford Internet Institute and The Parent Zone, has claimed that restricting kids from accessing the Internet by using network-level ISP censorship (Parental Control) systems might not be as effective as allowing them to self-regulate their own online use.

internet_privacy_and_security_uk_isp

13th October, 2014 - 12:56 pm (4 Comments)

The UK Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) has today set out the five principles that it hopes will be used by the Government as part of on-going plans to reform state surveillance laws and related regulations, which some fear could result in a broadening of powers and more unnecessary snooping on innocent individuals.

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