ORG response to David Cameron's call for web filter law

ORG has responded to the Prime Minister's calls for legislation that will implement filters for adult content. This follows the European's Parliament vote for net neutrality regulations, which will ban the current voluntary agreement made between ISPs and the government to provide filters, which some providers switch on by default.

Jim Killock, Executive Director of Open Rights Group (ORG) said:

“We welcome the opportunity to have a debate about filters, which are flawed, censor websites and do not necessarily keep children safe online.

“Customers should be given the choice to opt-in to filters, they should not be switched on by default. Parents also need to be made aware that filters may overblock sites that are suitable for children and also fail to block sites that are inappropriate.

"However, we welcome Cameron's call for legislation so that at least we can challenge this dreadful idea.”


ORG has developed a tool at www.blocked.org.uk which monitors blocking by filters. At its launch, we found that 1 in 5 websites were blocked by parental controls. Sites that have been blocked include small businesses as well as charities and education sites that are specifically aimed at young people.

ORG has also created a satirical film about filters called the Department of Dirty.