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Mobile filters

16 May 2012

A report by the Open Rights Group has stated that filters on mobile phones are incorrectly preventing access to some innocent websites, which could have wide-ranging impact. The tools have been designed to filter out pornography to prevent children viewing inappropriate content on their mobile phones. Many phones come with this feature as a factory standard and requiring proof of age, for example, before filters can be removed.

The government had been approached to consider placing blocks on all broadband services provided through a fixed line. However, there have been calls to reject plans such as obligatory filters and instead have optional filters which can be activated by parents to prevent any issues regarding access to information.

The UK government is to consult with ISPs about automatic filtering as part of its discussion of the Online Safety Bill currently having its first reading in the House of Lords.

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