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ISPs face fines and more for failing on child porn

ISPs face fines and more for failing on child porn

This year the Queen's Speech will contain details of a serious crackdown on UK broadband ISPs, specifically those that have failed to tackle online child abuse websites leaked Home Office documents have revealed .

The government is expected to make blocking such content a mandatory requirement, fining or even criminalising ISPs for failing to tackle the problem.

98.5% of UK ISPs already block or remove illegal child abuse sites through the Internet Watch Foundation ( IWF ), a self-regulatory body. The IWF runs a blocklist of websites to help ISPs filter out those containing related content.

The Independent on Sunday wrote:

"The leaked Home Office letter says a clause in the Police, Crime and Private Security Bill in the Queen's Speech would "compel domestic ISPs to implement the blocking of illegal images of child sexual abuse".

"The new laws would hand "police and local authorities powers they need to stand shoulder to shoulder with communities in tackling crime", the letter says. The Government has a "clear commitment" to prevent abuse on the internet, it adds."

"There will be a four-week consultation with ISPs on the proposals, but insiders said the firms had not been informed about the proposed crackdown."

This move in unsurprising however as several prominent government ministers and a number of child charities have been lobbying for such action to be taken for a while. The EU also proposed similar measures back in April.


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