Ofcom's Report on Internet Safety Measures - Internet Service Providers: Network Level Filtering Measures describes the current state of filtering put in place by the UK's four largest fixed line internet service providers (ISPs) - BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.
The report discusses:
- Scope of controls (devices, categories and filter settings)
- Implementation (timescales, customer prompts and take-up)
- Account holder verification processes
- Technical approaches and circumvention of the filters.
Filtering categories are not consistent across the four ISPs but include Alcohol, Crime, violence and hate, Dating, rugs, File Sharing, Gambling, %uFFCGames, Hacking, Nudity, Pornography, Sexual education, Social networking, Suicide and self-harm, Tobacco. Blocking is primarily based on domain and hostname, but can also use URL path (apart from Sky).
Take up (see 3.24 in the report), ranges from 4% (Virgin Media) and 5% (BT), through 8% (Sky) to 36% (TalkTalk). TalkTalk forces users to opt out rather than opt in.
Posted on: 27 August 2014 at 09:18 hrs