UK TV and broadband provider Sky has announced that they will automatically be turning on adult broadband filters for all of their customers in the UK.
Sky Broadband customers will have the Sky Broadband Shield turned on by default, the filter is designed to block adult content, and other ISPs in the UK have similar offerings.
Sky have said that they will start to email their customers this month who have not turned the adult filter on, to let them know that they will be turning the filter on, the customers can turn the filter off at any time.
So how will it work? When trying to visit a website deemed unsuitable for children under the age of 13 during the day, customers will see a page reminding them to make a choice about filtering. At this point, they can accept the current setting, change their protection levels or simply turn Sky Broadband Shield off.
Once Sky Broadband Shield is active, users cannot access a filtered site unless they choose to log in and alter their settings. However they can browse away from the filtering page to visit freely any site suitable for the 13 age rating, without any interruptions.
These filters introduced by the ISPs are designed to protect children from adult content on the Internet, although there have been reports or numerous sites being blocked in the last which have no adult content, lets hope that Sky’s filters are better than some of the other ISPs.
Source Sky, Engadget