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Charities Take UK ISPs to Task Over Child Porn Access
By: MarkJ - 20 July, 2008 (8:38 AM)

Several charities, including the NSPCC, National Children's Homes and Barnardo's, have warned that roughly 5% of consumer broadband connections - representing nearly 1m people - are still able to access paedophile sites because some ISPs have failed to implement the Internet Watch Foundation's (IWF) block list.

The Guardian newspaper reports that the group has now written to Vernon Coaker, a Home Office minister in charge of crime reduction, urging him to force all UK ISPs to block customers from being able to view such images:

The list is available to all ISPs and companies such as BT and Vodafone have signed up to take it. Updated twice daily, it contains between 800 and 1,200 live child-abuse websites at any one time. But the revelation that some internet companies are refusing to sign up to the list undermines a key government pledge to tackle paedophile material on the internet.

The government had previously warned that it would only accept 100% take-up of the list and threatened mandatory legislation if this did not happen. It is not known precisely which ISPs have refused to adopt the list; although we suspect that it involves smaller operations.

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