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Written by Michael Coyle on 28 February 2014

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Virgin Media turns on its filtering system.

Parents throughout the UK will be pleased to hear that Virgin has finally turned on a filtering system to help parents stop children seeing inappropriate material online. I say finallly as Virgin was the last of the UK's big four ISPs to turn on the government-mandated filtering system.

Only new subscribers will be invited to subscribe at first. The Virgin website is called 'Web Safe' via guides 'Switched on Families'. 

Cameron's government plans to get all UK ISPs over a certain size to ue filters has proved controversial as studies suggest the filters are not very effective. For example key key words may well be blocked ie educational and charity sites that try to inform children about sexual or sensitive subjects have been blocked. 

Porn and Streaming

A German court has agreed to review its decision where it ordered the disclosure of individuals data accused of straming porn on line. Sounds familiar- we were doing something similar via Davenport Lyons/ACS Law and now Golden eye etc.

But streaming?

10,000 people were accused. It is said to be the first case of its kind. A payment was demanded in the sum of 250 euros.

However in a separate court in Hamburg, a temporary injunction has been issued against Urmann preventing them from sending warning letters to Redtube users alleging copyright infringement.

Redtube said that the allegations that its site broke copyright laws were "a thinly disguised attempt to extort money from its users and that this ruling is a victory not just for Redtube users, but for anyone who accesses a streaming website. It sends a clear message that the exploitation of personal information and the violation of privacy for financial gain will not be tolerated." 

Redtube also stressed that it had not passed on users information to third parties.

Watch out UK! Someone is bound to copy the Germans and try it on here.

MJC

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