Loz Kaye, the leader of Pirate Party UK, has written to David Cameron on behalf of the party asking him to reconsider requiring UK ISPs to enable filters on by default on UK internet connections. In the open letter, issued on Tuesday the 23rd July, the party points out that this move is a reversal of previous policy that was articulated as a result of a public consultation. Kaye also urges the Prime Minister to ensure that parents have a real say in how they deal with the internet, that the government support organisations like CEOPs and local government services for children and ensure that parents and young people have the skills necessary to make the best use of all the resources available to them on-line.
Andy Halsall - Pirate Party UK Campaigns officer said:
"This letter is asking the Prime minister to go back to the evidence that he sought from parents and other interested parties, to take into account technical limitations and to stop trying to deal with social issues with knee jerk technological solutions. Whilst the announcement made recently is partly a re-branding exercise, it changes the way people will look at the options available."
"Active and informed choice is important when parents are considering how their children should use the internet. Default-on filters don't provide that choice, in fact many parents will assume that these filters will keep their children safe on-line when in reality they won't address the more serious issues that children face if they use the internet without sufficient awareness of the dangers that do exist."
"I hope the Prime Minister will respond and explain why, instead of taking a holistic approach, he has decided to court the media with a scheme that might sound tough and placate his own party's more prudish elements. Most importantly, he should explain why he is taking this action apparently against the usual advice of many experts in the field, internet service providers and parents themselves."