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Internet: Pornography

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th July 2013.

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Photo of Baroness Benjamin Baroness Benjamin Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the prevalence on the list of top websites accessed from the United Kingdom produced by Alexa of non-United Kingdom websites offering explicit hardcore pornography freely accessible to children.

Photo of Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lords Spokesperson (Department for Culture, Media and Sport), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

HMG is working closely with industry to ensure that as far as possible, children will be unable to access or accidentally view this type of material. We are working with the main public Wi-Fi providers, so that from the end of the year those who do not already, will offer family-friendly Wi-Fi in public places, where children may be present. All the main ISPs currently offer free parental control tools to all customers – new and existing - but since the end of 2012 all new customers face an unavoidable choice about whether or not to set up filters. All the main providers by the end of 2013 will implement ‘whole-home’ / network-level filtering (which covers every device in the home). If people choose not to engage with the set-up steps (for example, if they just repeatedly click ‘yes’ to get through set-up quickly) then that would lead to protection being on rather than off. Closed loop age verification will ensure that people are informed if their parental controls settings have been changed.

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