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spying on uk ISP internet traffic

2nd July, 2012 (10 Comments)

The boss of broadband ISP Andrews & Arnold (AAISP), Adrian Kennard, has warned that the UK governments new Communications Data Bill, which will expand existing internet snooping laws and force ISPs into monitoring a much bigger slice of everybody’s online activity, is “technically a nightmare” and will require providers to introduce “stupidly expensive black boxes“.

bing ban this filth uk

29th June, 2012 (4 Comments)

As the UK government consults on whether or not to force broadband ISPs into imposing default censorship of adult websites (here), it’s worth remembering just how ineffective such measures can be. One of the biggest problems is with internet search engines, such as Google and Microsoft’s Bing, which often maintain cached copies of related images and sometimes even videos.

online censorship uk

26th June, 2012 (2 Comments)

In the future any website or webpage that is blocked by an ISP, such as following a court order or in response to an adult content filter, could return the HTTP Error Code 451 (“Unavailable For Legal Reasons“), which would include more information about why the content was censored than is currently available.

uk internet statistics

25th June, 2012 (1 Comment)

The results from 1107 respondents to our latest monthly survey has revealed that the majority (72.8%) of UK readers are opposed to government plans that would expand existing internet snooping laws and log a much bigger slice of your online activity (e.g. Skype access etc.); regardless of whether or not you ever committed a crime.

internet snooping uk

14th June, 2012 (8 Comments)

The government has today published a first draft of the Home Office’s revived Communications Data Bill, which seeks to expand the United Kingdom’s existing internet snooping laws (data retention) and force ISPs into logging a much bigger slice of everybody’s online activity (e.g. Skype access); irrespective of whether or not you’ve committed a crime.

european union flag

9th June, 2012 (0 Comments)

The Council of the European Union (CEU), which is where government representatives from EU Member States’ (e.g. UK) sit down to make new laws, has unanimously moved to promote a Global Alliance against child sexual abuse online that would require ISPs around the world to block websites “containing child pornography“.

UK Department of Culture Media and Sport

6th June, 2012 (0 Comments)

The UK governments Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) looks set to delay full publication of its controversial new Communications Bill green paper, which aims to update and expand Ofcom’s ability to regulate the broadband, telecoms and media sectors, until after the London 2012 Olympic Games and Parliament’s summer recess.


28th May, 2012 (4 Comments)

Somebody has unwittingly exposed sensitive contract details for a TalkTalk Business UK ISP subsidiary (Greystone Telecom) to the internet by failing to prevent anonymous access via their Microsoft IIS web server. TalkTalk claims to be busy tracking the source down.

internet email

24th May, 2012 (4 Comments)

Internet security experts at Trend Micro have warned UK ISPs to pay more attention to their abuse departments after it was forced to block Pipex’s (TalkTalk) spam spewing email servers for almost a week because the provider “choose not to man their abuse desk” and did not respond to the warnings.

internet privacy and censorship

17th May, 2012 (2 Comments)

Communications and networking provider Entanet has described the UK governments move to resuscitate and expand controversial internet snooping laws (data retention), which threaten to log a much bigger slice of your online activity (e.g. Skype and Facebook access etc.), as “pointless” and warned that the “true criminals will simply circumnavigate such surveillance“.


13th May, 2012 (0 Comments)

Some readers might receive a security warning when visiting ISPreview.co.uk, which stems from a problem we had on Thursday last week that has since been resolved. Unfortunately it can take awhile for such threat monitoring systems to update and as a result you may continue to experience the warnings for a little longer. We have no control over external monitors or their accuracy.

the queen uk

9th May, 2012 (5 Comments)

As expected the UK government has used today’s Queens Speech (State Opening of Parliament) to outline the revival of a £2bn plan to expand the reach of existing ISP based internet snooping laws (data retention) to log a much bigger slice of your online activity (e.g. Skype and Facebook access); regardless of whether or not you ever committed a crime.

virgin media mr t

9th May, 2012 (11 Comments)

The website of UK cable operator Virgin Media looks to have been targeted by the Anonymous activist group, which has launched a serious Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attack against the provider. The move is believed to be in retaliation after the ISP responded to a court order (here) that required it to block broadband customers from accessing The Pirate Bay piracy site.

censorship online

8th May, 2012 (3 Comments)

Smoothwall, the UK’s largest supplier of school based website filtering (blocking) solutions, has warned the government not to force broadband ISPs into imposing default internet censorship of adult websites upon their customers. The firm claims that such systems are a “very blunt instrument” and don’t stop young people who “actively seek” such content.

censorship uk internet

4th May, 2012 (3 Comments)

The UK governments Prime Minister (PM), David Cameron, looks set to put his support behind the controversial Parliamentary Inquiry into Online Child Protection by forcing broadband ISPs to offer automatic blocks on pornographic internet sites (adult content).

talktalk uk isp

19th April, 2012 (2 Comments)

Broadband ISP TalkTalk has revealed that, since introducing ‘Active Choice‘ last year, one in three new customers are choosing to turn on parental controls (e.g. adult website blocks and other internet security measures) when they join the service.

internet censorship padlock

18th April, 2012 (1 Comment)

The Conservative MP for Wiltshire, Claire Perry, has today published the results of her Parliamentary Inquiry into Online Child Protection and recommended that the UK government begin a formal consultation on the introduction of an Opt-In content filtering system for “all internet accounts” in the country.

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