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westminster uk government

23rd July, 2014 - 1:49 pm (4 Comments)

The UK’s semi-recycled Data Retention and Investigation Powers Act (DRIP), which extends the range of Internet snooping that the Government can perform on its citizens and was controversially rushed into law last week under emergency powers (here), will become the subject of a Judicial Review process if some MPs get their way.


22nd July, 2014 - 11:18 am (3 Comments)

Ofcom has today published a new report that looks at the measures adopted by four of the largest broadband ISPs (BT, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and Sky Broadband) to help parents “protect children from harmful content online” by offering network-level filtering (censorship) systems to block adult sites. But adoption by new subscribers is fairly limited and there have been a number of errors.

andrews and arnold uk isp

16th July, 2014 - 2:02 pm (8 Comments)

As the controversial Data Retention and Investigation Powers Bill (DRIP) slips its way through the House of Commons and into the House of Lords, the outspoken boss of broadband ISP Andrews & Arnold (AAISP), Adrian Kennard, has promised to use “all practical legal means” in order to protect their customers from state sponsored Internet snooping.

spying on uk ISP internet traffic

10th July, 2014 - 8:30 am (10 Comments)

The government will today announce emergency legislation that many fear could be an amended version of its controversial RIPA or Communications Data Bill (CDB) which, before it was shelved for a second time, aimed to extend the United Kingdom’s existing internet snooping powers by requiring ISPs to log a much bigger slice of everybody’s online activity; regardless of whether or not you’ve ever committed a crime.

censorship internet button

4th July, 2014 - 7:55 am (1 Comment)

The Government has just given its official response to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee’s inquiry into Online Safety, which in March 2014 warned that website blocking by UK ISPs was “highly unlikely to be a suitable approach” for tackling porn or violent material on the Internet (here). Broadly the government agrees, but you should still expect more filtering by ISPs in the future.

fibre optic cables into united kingdom

2nd July, 2014 - 1:28 pm (6 Comments)

A group of smaller ISPs from around the world, including GreenNet from the United Kingdom, have lodged a legal complaint against the UK’s intelligence agency – Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) – after they were last year caught tapping into at least some of the world’s 10Gbps transatlantic fibre optic cable links and snooping on the related phone and Internet traffic.

banned and forbidden uk internet censorship

1st July, 2014 - 11:06 am (9 Comments)

A new survey of nearly 500 parents conducted by Super Camps during June 2014 has found that 80% of respondents think broadband ISPs and regulators (Ofcom) have not yet done enough to make the Internet safe for children to use, which is despite all of the major providers now offering an enforced option to enable Parental Controls.

internet censorship padlock

17th June, 2014 - 2:17 pm (2 Comments)

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IEF) has called on broadband ISPs in the United Kingdom to help tackle malware (malicious software and viruses) by, for example, restricting Internet access to infected computers and devices (e.g. PCs, Tablets etc.).

bt group phishing attack 1

17th June, 2014 - 7:31 am (1 Comment)

The official BT Group website (http://www.btplc.com) is today being flagged up by a number of Internet security checks and Anti-Virus firms due to an alleged infection of Phishing Malware (malicious software), which is normally used to help hackers steal personal information.

Television iptv video streaming uk

9th June, 2014 - 2:12 pm (0 Comments)

Modern televisions and set-top-boxes that have adopted the pan-European Hybrid Broadcast Broadband Television (HbbTV) specification, which supports Internet capable features like digital teletext, catch-up TV (IPTV), electronic programme guides, interactive advertising, games and more, could be vulnerable to a simple radio attack by hackers.


4th June, 2014 - 1:24 pm (1 Comment)

The vice president of online security firm Trend Micro, Rik Ferguson, has warned that “desperate times call for desperate measures” and is calling for broadband ISPs to “quarantine” the computer systems of customers that have been infected with malware (e.g. viruses, Trojans, botnets etc.).

kc hull uk

16th May, 2014 - 2:40 pm (0 Comments)

East Yorkshire ISP KC looks set to become the latest provider to introduce network-level Internet filtering (Parental Controls), which will give all new KC broadband customers the choice (as part of their set-up process) over whether or not to block certain categories of website / content (e.g. porn, dating, social networks, freedom of speech etc.).

network and internet connections

13th May, 2014 - 2:36 pm (0 Comments)

The influential Internet Engineering Task Force, which is a large open international community of network designers and operators that work to help evolve the Internet’s underlying protocols and architecture, has decided to take action against massive state sponsored Internet snooping (e.g. GCHQ/NSA etc.) through the development of new solutions to mitigate such activity.

children internet surfing

13th May, 2014 - 11:14 am (0 Comments)

As expected the Government has nudged BT, TalkTalk, Virgin Media and Sky Broadband into launching a new portal called InternetMatters.ORG, which represents a joint internet safety campaign that aims to help both parents and children to understand the dangers of the online world and how to protect themselves.

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