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BT’s new porn filter to block proxies too

If you ever needed an incentive to vote with your wallet on censorship, now’s the time to do it. BT has one of those filters that David Cameron loves to much and it’s live now, so if you’re an existing BT customer, your internet experience is set to be censored early next year unless you opt out. More so than you might think to, as on top of making porn impossible to view, proxies will be blocked as well.

Existing customers will be receiving notices over the next few weeks that asks them if they want the filter switched on and new customers will be given the option to opt out when first setting up their account, but the filter will be on by default. The filters are designed to block pornography and websites that are deemed unsavoury by people like Huawei fan, Mr Cameron, but they will also block proxies, though not VPNs as once thought.

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Clearly the best method to protect children

“[The filter] doesn’t block VPN connections, but does prevent access to sites promoting the use of proxies and annonymisers [sic],” the BT spokesman said to The Register.

The filter will also be used to block sites like The Pirate Bay, which are easy enough to get around with proxies and VPNs, but if BT’s filter makes those harder to access, will it be so easy?

KitGuru Says: Any BT customers noticed anything different since the filter went live? Have you been sent a notification? Let us know.

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  1. I’m an existing BT customer and as of two weeks ago a lot of the sites i use regularly have been blocked without notifying me. These sites were not pornographic or illegal in any way these were sites that allowed other websites to advertise on them and the adds were often a link to some chat room which would be blocked for pornography. So i can only access some of my favourite sites when the ads are deemed appropriate by BT and who knows when that will be