Parliament considers deploying ?child protection? measures

Government considers porn ban

Parliament is to launch a formal inquiry in to the protection of children online – one which will debate the implementation of nationwide web filters.

According to Thinkbroadband, the inquiry follows Parliamentary moves to give itself the power to force ISPs to filter pornographic content unless the user opts-out.

Although the current proposals focus on pornography, a government spokesman has hinted that it could be extended in to other areas – such as violent content – for the sake of the children, naturally.

“Parents are understandably worried about the ease with which their children can view pornographic content on the internet and this inquiry will provide the ideal platform for all interested parties to discuss how best we can protect our children online,” said the MP for Devizes, Claire Perry, who is spearheading the proposals.

Two evidence sessions will be held, one in September and another in October, which will seek opinions from parents, child protection experts, internet experts and ISPs.

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