Talk Talk join 'blocking unsavoury stuff online' set

TalkTalk Talk Talk are the latest to block unsavoury adult material online.

They've said that customers who have not chosen to whether to activate net filters, must opt out of the safety system if they want to look at saucy content online.

The net provider will block access with pop-up boxes until decisions are made by the user, and will also prompt their customers to review their settings each year.

This follows Sky's announcement last week that it would activate filters for inappropriate content by default.

However, BT and Virgin have yet to reveal any proposals for automatic filters, but seeing as David Cameron is bearing down on the whole 'internet safety' thing, it's likely an announcement will occur soon.

TalkTalk customers are now presented with information about the HomeSafe filter activation in their account settings pages, and reckon 95% of its 4.2m customers have already decided whether to activate the filters.

According to Talk Talk's spokeswoman Alex Birtles on the firm's blog: "We pre-tick the 'on' option, but it's the customer's choice. Filters will only ever be applied if the customer has consented and they're able to change their mind or edit their level of protection at any point."

So if you've yet to visit the settings page, you'll be confronted with a pop-up box if they try and look at some rude stuff. However, like most filters, HomeSafe does not block material accessed via a web proxy or Virtual Private Network (VPN).

According to the website, a project by the Open Rights Group (ORG), around 11% of the 100,000 top websites (according to Amazon-owned analytics firm Alexa) are currently blocked by default filters.

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