Should ISPs block access to illegal websites?

Graham Cluley
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According to media reports, ISPs providing broadband access to 5% of the UK’s internet users have failed to implement a system that blocks access to websites containing illegal images of child abuse.

This is despite the British government asking all ISPs to implement a blocking list supplied by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) by the end of 2007.

Children’s charities such as the NSPCC believe that, by not blocking access to the child abuse websites, ISPs are helping paedophiles trade in illegal images, which ultimately encourages more sexual abuse of minors.

The IWF found itself in the headlines late last year after it controversially blocked access to a Wikipedia page that showed a heavy metal album cover…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.