2/7/2006

35,000 blocks a day on internet child porn

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 11:15 am

At least 35,000 attempts to access internet child pornography are blocked each day in Britain, and the total number could be much higher, according to BT figures released today.

The company, which provides access for one-third of British home internet users, said the number of attempts to bypass its screening technology had tripled in the last 18 months.

BT’s Cleanfeed programme prevents its 3 million domestic internet users from accessing child pornography content blacklisted by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) in compliance with the 1978 Child Protection Act.

The technology registered 10,000 daily attempts to access the material when it was introduced in June 2004, but that has risen to 35,000. There were 4m access attempts in the last four months, a BT spokesman Les King said.

The BT numbers do not include attempts by users registered with other internet service providers, who cover the remaining two-thirds of the market.

Source: guardian.co.uk

 

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