Sky Broadband's Porn Filters Ready to Respond to Cameron's Smut Crusade

By Gerald Lynch on at

David Cameron and conservative, Daily-Mail-reading middle England demanded it, and Sky have now complied. Sky Broadband's Shield system is now up and running, ready to spare your family from the "horrors" of internet pornography.

Sky's response to the government-mandated web filter push is at least a sensible one. Rather than asking the awkward question of whether or not you want to allow your household free reign to view all the deepest, darkest, most perverse corners of the web, it instead offers up a rating system. Users can choose to switch on content suitable for three demographics: "PG", "13" and "18", much like the BBFC's movie classification system.

For the time being, it's an opt-in set-up, but by next year Sky (and all other law-abiding ISPs) will make asking for access to explicit content a mandatory process. Here's hoping they all skirt as delicately around the potentially embarrassing request as Sky have.