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censored access internet

5th January, 2018 - 11:37 am (12 Comments)

The Government’s Digital Minister, Matt Hancock, has quietly signed-off on a controversial impact assessment for the new Age Verification system, which underpins their plan to force all UK broadband ISPs into blocking websites that contain pornographic content (unless they use age verification).

teamviewer

20th December, 2017 - 9:46 am (14 Comments)

Broadband ISP TalkTalk is facing criticism after they once again blocked UK customers from being able to access the TeamViewer service from their network, which apparently stems from a fear that it is being used by scammers to target their subscribers.

blocked website parents network level isp filter

29th November, 2017 - 12:01 am (5 Comments)

Ofcom has published their latest report into the use of media by UK children and parents, which among other things finds that around two in five parents of children aged 3-4 (39%) or 5-15 (37%) use network-level filters on their home broadband ISP. The vast majority of those find them useful.

censorship uk internet

28th November, 2017 - 8:10 am (9 Comments)

Somebody claiming to be the owner of troubled Kent-based UK broadband ISP True Telecom appears to have successfully had one of our articles pulled from Google, which is despite the fact that the somewhat verbose reasoning given in the complaint appears to set a very low bar.

censorship uk internet stop sign

13th October, 2017 - 12:28 pm (15 Comments)

The Open Rights Group‏ (ORG) has this week helped to highlight how some of the UK’s biggest broadband ISPs are continuing to allow their Parental Control filters to block masses of innocent websites, often for seemingly bogus reasons (e.g. blocking a small gardening business for “pornography“).

blocked_uk_website_parental_control

11th October, 2017 - 10:44 am (1 Comment)

The Government has today published their Internet Safety Strategy green paper, which sets out how they intend to tackle online dangers like cyber-bullying, trolling and under-age access to porn. But it also appears to soften earlier plans for a mandatory approach to network-level ISP internet censorship.

censored access internet

17th July, 2017 - 11:47 am (17 Comments)

The Government has confirmed that, from April 2018 onwards, they will require broadband ISPs to block access to pornographic websites that fail to introduce at least a Credit Card based Age Verification system. This is intended to stop children being able to access naughty images and videos.

banned and forbidden uk internet censorship

3rd July, 2017 - 9:07 am (5 Comments)

Several enforcement groups for copyright holders have taken the unusual step of asking Google to remove links for the website blocking notification pages used by Virgin Media, BT and Sky Broadband, which inform visitors when websites have been blocked by a court order.

internet emergency

5th June, 2017 - 5:47 pm (17 Comments)

The Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) has today warned the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May, that there is a risk of “unintended consequences that could undermine our defences” if she forces through aggressive new measures to tackle online “extremism“.

sky_broadband_sheild

26th May, 2017 - 7:57 am (12 Comments)

Customers of Sky Broadband, specifically those who have enabled the ‘Shield’ (Parental Control) service, won’t have been able to view ISPreview.co.uk since yesterday evening because the ISP has wrongfully blocked us under their “Phishing and Malware” category. But there’s a political twist..

internet privacy and censorship

5th May, 2017 - 9:49 am (10 Comments)

A leaked blueprint for the ‘Technical Capability‘ of the Government’s controversial new Investigatory Powers Act 2016, which will force broadband ISPs to log a much bigger slice of your Internet activity, has revealed that the smallest ISPs might escape but encryption is still at risk.

big ben, london uk parliament

26th April, 2017 - 4:55 pm (32 Comments)

The Digital Economy Bill 2017 has today effectively been approved by both houses of parliament, which means positive changes for UK broadband connectivity (10Mbps USO, compensation etc.). On the other hand the internet faces more censorship and a proposed 30Mbps USO was dropped.

slitheen anti-internet censorship canada

21st April, 2017 - 2:48 pm (3 Comments)

Canadian security researchers working at the University of Waterloo have developed a new anti-censorship system called Slitheen, which involves wrapping cats in newspapers aims to help people who live in countries where the internet is being heavily censored by their Government.

piracy internet UK STOP sign

21st March, 2017 - 2:09 pm (6 Comments)

One of the major broadband ISPs involved in enforcing a court-ordered block of websites that facilitate Internet piracy (copyright infringement) has revealed that their filters are now preventing access to a total of 3,814 URLs (sites), although this figure doesn’t tell the whole story.

censorship internet button

21st March, 2017 - 11:10 am (4 Comments)

The Lords Communications Committee has today published their new report (‘Growing up with the internet‘), which calls for an end to “underperforming” self-regulation and “intervention at the highest level of the Government” in order to help protect children online.

teamviewer

9th March, 2017 - 5:09 pm (26 Comments)

In an surprise development broadband ISP TalkTalk has taken the decision to block the popular TeamViewer service from their UK network, which means that anybody wanting to use the Virtual Private Network (VPN) service will find themselves unable to connect.

internet snooping uk

24th February, 2017 - 3:57 pm (9 Comments)

The Government’s effort to force broadband ISPs into logging a much bigger slice of all your Internet activity, irrespective of whether or not you’re even suspected of a crime, has been partially put on hold as a result of last year’s related ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union.

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