Online Child Protection Proposal objections

The Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA UK) has hit back at proposals which would make ISPs automatically filter content, following the Independant Parliamentary Inquiry into Online Child Protection.

The Inquiry concluded that adult content should only be available to those who actively opt into it and has requested that ISPs produce a suitable product within the next 12 months which would exclude minors from being able to gain access.  However, the ISPA Secretary General, Nicholas Lansman, has said that he believes this move to be inappropriate.  He stated that it is neither the most effective nor most appropriate way in which to prevent access to inappropriate material online and would be easy to circumvent, would reduce the degree of active interest and parental mediation as well as having clear implications for freedom of speech.

The ISPA believes that the onus should be on parents to actively monitor what their own children have access to by using the tools already provided by ISPs and that the measure could raise the question of who decides what is and what is not appropriate for children to have access to.