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Government looking at whitelist to stop network filter errors

The government is reported to have started on building a whitelist of websites to tackle the problem of wrongly-blocked sites by web filters.

The list of legitimate websites will be exempt from its much-criticised porn filters. The filters were introduced last year by ISPs to block any content deemed inappropriate for children to view. The filters came into force for new customers of ISPs.

Prime Minister David Cameron said these filters would stop children “stumbling across hardcore legal pornography”. But the filters have been derided for not working properly and blocking access to sites offering sex education and sexual health information.

According to reports from the BBC, the government has a working group under the auspices of the Government-backed UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) tasked with the job of looking into accidently blocking and how to fix the problem.

This group is investigating ways of setting up a standard system that will allow sites that thinks it has been wrongly blocked to tell ISPs about the error and get on an approved list.

A spokesman for the Internet Service Provides Association told the BBC: “There’s a growing realisation that filters are not perfect and will lead to some over-blocking,”

“There’s a feeling that some sites sit in a grey area and more needs to be done for them.”

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