We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

700,000 households have access to illegal images

5% of UK ISPs still allow access to banned sites

Despite the UK government asking ISPs to ban access to websites containing illegal child abuse images by the end of 2007, broadband ISPs still allow more than 700,000 households to see these images, according to the Children's Charities' Coalition on Internet Safety.

The group, which is backed by the NSPCC, Barnardo's and The Children's Society, said it has "serious concern" over the "seriously damaging" situation.

In 2006, the government asked all UK ISPs to block access to any websites on the Internet Watch Foundation's list of illegal sites. However by June 2008, the government revealed that 5 percent of the UK's ISPs still had not implemented the move.

"Allowing this loophole helps to feed the appalling trade in images which feature real children being seriously sexually assaulted," said Zoe Hilton, policy adviser for the NSPCC.

Visit Broadband Advisor for the latest internet news, reviews, tips & tricks - and to take advantage of PC Advisor's unique, independent Broadband Speed Tester

Visit Security Advisor for the latest internet threat news, FREE net threat email newsletters, and internet security products

"Self-regulation on this issue is obviously failing - and in a seriously damaging way for children, we now need decisive action from the government to ensure the ISPs that are still refusing to block this foul material are forced to fall into line."

Zen Internet, one of the ISPs that does not block sites on the IWF's list, said: "We have not yet implemented the IWF's recommended system because we have concerns over its effectiveness".

Meanwhile it's thought that other ISPs have claimed it's too expensive to block the illegal material. The government said it was "looking at ways to progress the final 5 percent".

See also: ISPs block access to 'illegal' Wikipedia page

IDG UK Sites

LG G4 Note UK release date and specification rumours: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 killer could be the LG 3......

IDG UK Sites

In defence of BlackBerrys

IDG UK Sites

Why we should reserve judgement on Apple ditching Helvetica in OS X/iOS for the Apple Watch's San...

IDG UK Sites

Retina 3.3GHz iMac 27in preview: Apple cuts £400 off Retina iMac with new model