UK: Online pornography to be blocked by default, PM announces

from Big Brother Co: Most households in the UK
will have pornography blocked by their internet provider
unless they
choose to receive it, David Cameron has announced.

In addition, the prime minister said possessing online
pornography depicting rape would become illegal in England and Wales –
in line with Scotland.

Mr Cameron warned in a speech that access to online pornography was “corroding childhood”.

 The new measures will apply to both existing and new customers.

Mr Cameron also called for some “horrific”
internet search terms to be “blacklisted”, meaning they would
automatically bring up no results on websites such as Google or Bing.

He told the BBC he expected a “row” with service providers
who, he said in his speech, were “not doing enough to take
responsibility” despite having a “moral duty” to do so.

He also warned he could have to “force action” by changing
the law
and that, if there were “technical obstacles”, firms should use
their “greatest brains” to overcome them.

In his speech, Mr Cameron said family-friendly filters would be
automatically selected for all new customers by the end of the year –
although they could choose to switch them off. 

And millions of existing computer users would be contacted by
their internet providers and told they must decide whether to use or
not use “family-friendly filters” to restrict adult material.

The filters would apply to all devices linked to the affected
home Wi-Fi network and across the public Wi-Fi network “wherever
children are likely to be present”.

Customers who do not click on either option – accepting or
declining – will have filters activated by default, Tory MP Claire
Perry, Mr Cameron’s adviser on the sexualisation and commercialisation
of childhood, told the BBC.

The UK’s biggest internet service providers have agreed to the filters scheme meaning it should cover 95% of homes.


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