Charity concern over child abuse websites


February 24, 2009

It would appear that despite the government’s promises to ensure that child abuse websites are blocked, thousands of households throughout the UK still have access to these sites, according to the Children’s Charities’ Coalition on Internet Safety (CHIS).

Currently ninety five per cent of internet service providers are blocking the websites that are on the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) list of known websites.

But that means five per cent are not, which may not sound like much, but does account for around 750,000 households.

The main reason as to why some ISPs are not blocking these sites is cost.

They would have to foot the bill for imposing the filtering system, as they cannot pass the cost on to customers.

The general feeling is that the best way of blocking these known sites is for the ISPs to block them.






 

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