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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.

spying on uk ISP internet traffic

20th February, 2017 - 9:17 am (2 Comments)

The new Investigatory Powers Act has been blamed for encouraging the London Internet Exchange to allegedly consider the introduction of a new constitution that would allow secret surveillance orders and gag directors from talking about it. But LINX says the claims are “highly misleading“.

banned and forbidden uk internet censorship

11th January, 2017 - 3:10 pm (5 Comments)

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has today joined ISPs, civil rights groups and others to warn that the UK’s new Digital Economy Bill 2017 lacks “data sharing safeguards” and may damage the vital “right to privacy and the right to freedom of expression.”

censorship uk internet

15th December, 2016 - 4:46 pm (10 Comments)

A recent debate in the House of Lords on the forthcoming Digital Economy Bill has raised significant concern that the Government may be trying to censor social media websites (Twitter etc.), unless they adopt Age Verification. Otherwise ISPs might be forced to block them.

banned and forbidden uk internet censorship

28th November, 2016 - 1:49 pm (6 Comments)

The United Kingdom’s Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) has criticised the Government’s sudden decision to include mandatory blocking of all “adult” websites into the forthcoming Digital Economy Bill 2017, which they say has “the potential to significantly harm the digital economy.”

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