Over-zealous web "porn block" filters tackled by government whitelist

After criticism that the adult content filters implemented by UK ISPs were blocking legitimate sites, the government is now brainstorming a variety of ways in which they can fix the issue.

It had previously emerged that harmless sites including sex education resources and domestic abuse support websites had been blocked as a result of the initiative. According to BBC News, however, a whitelist is now being proposed that would share with ISPs the names of educational sites that should be left untouched by the filters.

The list, compiled by government officials and the UK Council for Child Internet Safety, should help prevent over-zealous blocking. Those involved are also looking into ways to set up a system that would allow any site that believes it has been wrongly blocked to contact ISPs and be put on the whitelist as soon as possible.

David Miles, chair of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety, said "The need for the list of sites wrongly blocked would become more pressing in 2014 as ISPs contacted established customers and asked them to choose whether to switch on the filters."

Currently only new customers are asked by the largest UK ISPs to make a choice about net filters. The need to establish the whitelist quickly will grow throughout 2014, as established customers will begin to be contacted and asked whether to switch on the filters.