If you fancy a laugh have aread of Claire Perry MP's site
Then send her a kind letter:
I felt it necessary to email my views regarding the current proposals about the Online Safety Bill and seeing as you seem to be championing it I though I would vent my concerns at yourself.
After reading the details of the Bill (HL Bill 137) and researching the views of other MP's, ISP's and like myself other ICT related workers I find it amazing at the complete lack of knowledge and sense the government and MP's are showing.
1. Duty to provide a service that excludes pornographic images
My ISP has one duty and that it too provide me with an Internet Connection for my use and for use by persons I choose which may included my children, I expect that feed to be unmonitored, unrestricted and private. I don't expect my ISP to breach my privacy by intercepting every request I make and then checking the contents are 'safe' according to the standards laid out by the government. Please don't insult my intelligence or tech knowledge by telling me that wont happen because it must for the filtering to work other wise it would be like royal mail filtering your post without actually opening the letter which would be impossible.
(3) The conditions are—
(a) 10the subscriber opts-in to subscribe to a service that includes
(b) the subscriber is aged 18 or over; and
(c) the provider of the service has an age verification policy which has been
used to confirm that the subscriber is aged 18 or over.
Whilst I appreciate this is required on a Mobile Device as children could be the end user, you have to be over 18 to be the bill payer of a Land line as such that is my confirmation I wish to receive this service.
2. Duty to provide a means of filtering online content
Virtually all devices come with Contenting Filtering, Firewalls and Time Restrictions built in, failing that there are many systems available to consumers both free and paid.
3. Duty to provide information about online safety
ISP's already provide this information as do many public bodies, charities and business.
A final word....
I'm extremely concerned by this bill and I intend on campaigning against it along with many of my colleagues in the IT sector, these measures will do nothing to restrict children's access to questionable material not to mention the doors it leaves open for future blocking of websites, this bill alongside the recent blocking of other sites by a judge without the site owners being allowed to represent themselves in court is setting a dangerous precedent which could see many legitimate sites being blocked under false pretense.
This 'debate' and the 'consultations' are a waste of time, the emphasis needs to be on parents monitoring their children rather than the government and ISP's. I also seriously question the credentials of the people used as 'expert witnesses' during the consultation on this bill:
Deidre Sanders, “Agony Aunt” - Complete hypocrit who makes her money by working for a company that thinks it right to have a topless woman on the 3rd page and its paper on the bottom shelf.
Justine Roberts, Founder of Mumsnet - Raised a group of women who now think they have a complete knowledge of technology and internet because they are on 'a forum' which rather shockingly is one of the worst places for bullying online.
'Mumsnet reported that a survey of their site users found that 84 per cent were concerned that easy access to internet porn' if they werent so busy on Mumsnet they could probably monitor the kids internet habits instead.
I could carry on but I doubt you will actually get this far, so I'll wrap it up.....
1. My ISP should only provide my a transmission channel without any interception or monitoring.
2. I should govern what content is allowed over it whether for myself or my children.
3. The government should get back to running the country not parenting.
4. If you are set on Opt-Out mechanism can you please campaign for an Opt-Out of junk mail from Royal Mail, Op-Out of receiving rubbish from my Local MP and an Opt-Out of aggressive phone calls urging me to vote every election and offering me a lift to the polling station as I currently wouldn't vote for any party
I look forward to your response.