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blocked website parents network level isp filter

17th April, 2019 (47 Comments)

The UK Government has sent final terms to Age Verification Providers for the related BBFC certification scheme, which sets strict rules for how such providers must verify a user’s age before allowing them to access a porn site. As before, broadband ISPs must block websites that fail to comply. The system will begin in July 2019.

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16th April, 2019 (5 Comments)

A new study has examined the impact of network-level filtering (Parental Controls) from the largest UK broadband ISPs, which are enabled-by-default and help to protect children from seeing “adult” content. Unfortunately they’ve also blocked access to many safe sites too, including charities, school and social support services.

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11th April, 2019 (22 Comments)

A significant change is on the way that could improve the security of the internet’s Domain Name System (DNS) by adopting DNS over HTTPS (DoH), although this could also create lots of new problems for broadband ISPs and mobile operators (e.g. disrupting UK Government required censorship systems) that may be hard to overcome.

internet and uk computer law

8th April, 2019 (16 Comments)

The UK Government is to publish a new ‘Online Harms White Paper‘ that proposes to establish a regulator for internet content, which among other things would be tasked with forcing websites to remove bad content (e.g. hate speech, fake news) and even blocking or imposing fines upon those that fail to comply.

censored access internet

27th March, 2019 (14 Comments)

The Government has reportedly said that its controversial new internet age verification system – targeted at commercial websites and “apps” that contain pornographic content – might not be enforced on 1st April as predicted last year and may not now be ready until later this year.

banned and forbidden uk internet censorship

22nd February, 2019 (4 Comments)

The London Grid for Learning (LGfL), which among other things supplies broadband connectivity to around 3,000 schools (c.1 million children) in the UK’s capital city, claims to have become the first educational technology company and ISP to work with City of London Police (CLP) in order to block known piracy websites.

censored access internet

14th February, 2019 (27 Comments)

Despite what the politicians say, there’s no getting around the fact that last night’s agreement on a new EU Copyright Directive between the European Parliament and Council – particularly Article 11 (“link tax“) and Article 13 (“upload filters“) – is going to harm the sharing of online news and deliver mass automated censorship.

blocked website parents network level isp filter

29th January, 2019 (3 Comments)

Ofcom has today published their annual 2019 study of media use by UK children and parents, which among other things reports that just over half of parents are aware of the home network-level internet content filters being offered by the biggest broadband ISPs but only around a third actually use them.

censorship uk internet stop sign

13th January, 2019 (41 Comments)

No, it’s not an early April Fools. Instead April is officially the month when the government’s new age verification system – targeted at commercial websites and “apps” that contain pornographic content – comes into force. Broadband ISPs will also be required to block sites that fail to comply with the new rules.

banned from the internet cross

14th November, 2018 (8 Comments)

The government has revealed that its new Age Verification system, which will be targeted at commercial websites and “apps” that contain pornographic content (broadband ISPs will be expected to block any that don’t comply), will not now be introduced until Easter 2019. But in the future Twitter may also be targeted.

TalkTalk Logo 2017

23rd October, 2018 (9 Comments)

Some of TalkTalk’s broadband ISP customers in the UK appear to be suffering from a Domain Name System (DNS) or routing bug, which has been obstructing their access to web pages and images on the popular WordPress (blogs) and Imgur (picture sharing) websites since the weekend (other sites are also affected).

illegal uk internet downloading

22nd October, 2018 (23 Comments)

The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has today confirmed that they intend to pursue tentative plans to setup a new “administrative site blocking” process (as opposed to requiring a High Court injunction), which would require broadband ISPs to block customers from accessing websites that facilitate internet piracy.

security internet connected uk devices

16th October, 2018 (1 Comment)

Internet Service Providers (ISP) have warned that the Government’s push to improve cyber security and thus turn the UK into the “safest place to be online” could be at risk, unless they tackle the “convoluted regulatory system” and avoid creating “unnecessary complexity” (e.g. duplication of reporting and responsibilities).

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15th October, 2018 (4 Comments)

A new survey has warned that the Government’s increasing moves to force home broadband ISPs into censoring (blocking) internet websites could result in 64% of UK people changing their broadband provider for one that’s less intrusive.

internet piracy flag

15th June, 2018 (5 Comments)

The United Kingdom’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) appears to have echoed the British Phonographic Industry’s (BPI) recent call (here) for it to be made both cheaper and easier to get websites – those that facilitate internet piracy – blocked by major broadband ISPs, possibly by removing the court process.

censored access internet

13th June, 2018 (8 Comments)

BT and three other broadband and mobile operators have today won their battle in the Supreme Court with Cartier, which challenged whether it was right for them to suffer the costs of implementing blocks against websites that were found to be selling counterfeit goods (i.e. abuse of Trade Mark).

piracy internet UK STOP sign

4th June, 2018 (0 Comments)

A new study conducted by the Open Rights Group has claimed that around 37% of court ordered website blocks in the UK, which are often enforced by large broadband providers against copyright infringing websites (internet piracy), are done in error and being “improperly administrated by ISPs and rights holders.”

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