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Sky Broadband Porn Filter Now Activated for All New Joiners

By Gary Cutlack on at

Late last year, Sky said it was planning on activating its Broadband Shield, AKA the dread porn filter, for all new customers by default. As in, rude stuff shouldn't appear by accident now when trying to show your grandma photos of your lovely day trip to walk up Bodmin Moor's Brown Willy.

Well now it's gone and flipped the switch. So, from today, Broadband Shield is go, and all new subscribers from now on will have to actively seek out a way to turn it off. Late at night. While a bit tipsy and sad and thinking about Alan Partridge but not really caring.

Sky said of the changes: "The first time someone tries to access a filtered website, the account holder will be invited to amend the settings or turn it off altogether.  It ensures a safer internet experience for millions of homes, while still giving account holders the flexibility to choose the settings most appropriate for their households."

Plus it'll soon be asking the big awkward question of every subscriber, with the ISP arm of the broadcaster adding: "...over the coming months we will be contacting millions more Sky Broadband customers who haven’t yet made a decision about Sky Broadband Shield. If they don’t respond, we will switch it on for them and invite them to amend or switch it off themselves." [Sky via Wired]


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