David Cameron is announcing every household in the UK is to have 'offensive material' blocked by their internet provider unless they choose to receive it. Customers who set up new broadband accounts or switch providers would have to actively disable filters by the end of this year. Existing Internet users will be contacted by their internet providers and told they must decide whether to activate filters to prevent them accessing certain sites.
The Pirate Party remains opposed to imposing web filters.
Loz Kaye Pirate Party UK Leader said:
"There is still confusion about exactly what Cameron is announcing, but it is clear that his government is set on controlling what we see, parent or not. With search engine blocks and web filters, there is no fool proof 100% block solution. It will always be too much or not enough. This is utterly technologically illiterate. It can not possibly work in the way that Cameron or the Labour Party press office wants."
"But that does not mean opt-in and search filters are not dangerous. If we go down this route, each week we risk a new knee jerk reaction will add to the list of what politicians decide we can not see. This will be government by Daily Mail headline."
"We have to make sure that both children and adults are making active moral choices. After all, the only effective filter is the off button."
"Throughout this debate there has been a dangerous blurring of legal images and records of abuse. Mixing the two does no one any good, in particular it fails victims."
"This is not just about technology. It is about the hypocrisy of David Cameron's government. Let's separate out the most pressing problem from the confusion. The reality is that they are slashing actual child protection. CEOP has had its budget cut. Over half of local authorities have reduced spending on children's services thanks to the coalition's austerity politics."