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UK ISPs say no to mandatory porn censorship

Tell David Cameron where to stick his firewall

UK ISPs told David Cameron's adviser that they will not ban porn by default to prevent the sexualisation of children.

Claire Perry announced that by 2014 UK ISPs would require customers wishing to access adult content to "opt out". The Tory MP also told a conference the filters should be flexible enough to be turned off - for a limited time. The default setting would then return.

Nicholas Lansman, secretary general of trade association ISPA, which represents the UK's net suppliers, said that Perry’s comments were a bit premature.

"ISPs have already taken several steps on making the internet safer, with many offering or working towards an 'active choice +' system, which presents parents with an unavoidable choice," he said.

He said that ISPs remain opposed to default filtering, as it is only one part of the solution, and can be circumvented and lead to over- or under-blocking.

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