UK ISPs Enforcing "Opt-in" Porn Filtering From the End of the Year

By Gary Cutlack on at

The on-off, up-down, will-they-won't-they issue of porn filtering looks like it's about to come to some sort of (throbbing) head, with the latest government plan being to require an on-by-default porn filter across all ISPs from the end of 2013. You'll have to ask if you want it. Hopefully not in person.

News of this new development in David Cameron's long-running attempt to win Daily Mail brownie points by blocking pornography comes from Claire Perry MP, who is Cameron's special advisor on the thorny issue of the sexualisation and commercialisation of childhood.

Perry told a forum last week that: "[In the UK] we will have filters where if you do nothing, the parental filters will come pre-ticked," hinting pretty strongly that some sort of ISP-led blockade on porn is imminent. She also added: "We will have automatic put on, so if you turn the filter off at 9pm, it turns on again at 7am," plus there will be a system of email alerts put in place so mum knows when dad (or the kids) have deactivated the filters.

It'll hit new and existing accounts, and as this is a voluntary rule being put in place by the ISPs, no new laws are required to force it through. So it ought to happen relatively swiftly. [Wired]