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Sky launches broadband filtering of porn, violence and hate

John E Dunn | Nov. 20, 2013
Sky has announced Broadband Shield, a content filtering system it hopes will mollify the UK Government calls for ISPs to automatically block a range of content such as hardcore porn without forcing it to impose strict controls on all customers.

Stopping filtering would involve turning the service off completely, in which case anti-malware would also be disabled, Sky said. However, customers could also add specific websites to their block/unblock lists.

According to digital advocacy group, the Open Rights Group, at least Sky has been open with critics of filtering, sending answers to a number of concerns it had raised with them since the idea was first floated earlier this year. The ORG is especially concerned that entirely legitimate websites might fall foul of aver-zealous filtering and have no easy redress to get themselves reinstated.

Currently, this will involve complaining to Sky itself, or other ISPs as and when they implement their own filtering systems.

"We want more information about how ISPs will make sure website owners can check if their sites are blocked, and how they can quickly and easily get their sites off the block lists," said the ORG's Peter Bradwell.

"One of our motivations for asking these questions is that it seems the Government are not doing so. They seem far more interested in easy win headlines than preventing widespread over-blocking by the systems they are mandating," he said.

In an answer given to the ORG, Sky did say it would not monitor Internet access that linked customers to websites visited or log blocking events.

 

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