British Telecom (BT), the largest telecom operator in the UK, announced on Tuesday that it is using software to block visits to websites that contain child pornography. The software called Clean Feed, blocks access to illegal websites that are listed by the Internet Watch Foundation . Clean Feed prevents BTs 2.5 million Internet customers from viewing child pornography websites.
BT spokesman Jon Carter said:
committing a crime if they downloaded
the images from the Internet.
During the first three weeks of use, the Clean Feed software stopped more than 250,000 attempts to access websites containing child pornography –more than 10,000 attempts per day. For those doubting that child pornography is a problem on the Internet this is the first clear evidence of the pervasiveness of the problem.
In describing the software Carter went on to say:
British Telecom does not pass on the name of any individual blocked from accessing a child pornography website. This information currently remains private.
Carter says British Telecom is willing to offer the software to other Internet Service Providers and said:
Would you be for or against the installation of this software by your Internet Service Provider (ISP)?
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