UK government wants ISPs to block porn online


20 Dec 2010

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The UK government is asking ISPs such as BT, Virgin Media and Talk Talk, to block porn online, making users opt in to access sites containing sexual content.

According to The Guardian, ministers wish to stop the early sexualisation of children by preventing them from accessing porn at an early age.

They are asking ISPs to make accessing porn online an opt-in service, as opposed to users opting out by blocking it through parental control software.

UK Communications Minister Ed Vaizey hopes ISPs will “get their acts together” so the UK government won’t have to bring in legislation to implement the plan.

He also said the government is keeping an eye on the situation and will have a new communications bill in the next few years.

ISPs have said in the past that bringing in such technology to block pornographic content would be difficult and costly.