I feel it does not address my queries. It states about children,'s parenting issues, originally the PM Cameron said all esoteric material. It does not classify any of the issues I raised or the link that I inserted. I feel they will just blanket the whole thing if and when it is passed into law. It will creep in as the gagging law into the law book. I will leave your good selves to decide for yourself .
I have taken out my address and the signature of the official who signed the letter. Obviously I have two hard copies of the letter which they sent. The letter itself is pleasant and non committal in my view.
Media & Sport T: 020 7211 6000
F: 020 7211 6309
Ministerial Support Team
Dr Geoff Freed PHD
Dear Dr Freed,
Thank you for your letter of 12 September about the government's proposals for internet
filters. Your letter has been passed to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport as it falls
within our policy remit. I am replying as a member of the Ministerial Support Team, and I
apologise for the delay.
I'd like to clarify the Government's position on parental internet controls. In his speech on
the 22 July1, the Prime Minister announced a set of new measures for the internet industries
to help parents keep their children safe online.
From the end of this year, when new customers set up a broadband account, they will be
prompted to set up parental controls. If a customer repeatedly clicks 'yes' to get through the
set-up quickly, filters will be automatically selected. Parental controls are easy to for the
account holder to change, so customers who do not want filters can simply switch them off.
The Government is clear that parents are responsible for their children's activity online but
Government and industry have a role to ensure they have access to the information and
tools they need to keep their children safe. We are also alive to the need to protect freedom
of expression and legitimate content by guarding against over-blocking and we will ask the
internet industries and charities to progress this issue.
I also note that you are concerned about the classification of 'esoteric' material. While Article
8 of the European Convention on Human Rights guarantees the right to hold a particular
belief, it is a qualified right. This means that any manifestation of one's beliefs may be
Department for Culture, Media & Sport
subject to legitimate restrictions, such as limitations that are prescribed by law and are
necessary in a democratic society in the interests of public safety, for the protection of public
order, health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.
The Government believes that the right to freedom of opinion and expression is a vital
component of a free democratic society. We have a long tradition of freedom of speech in
however, we have been clear of the need to balance the right to
freedom of speech with adequate protections.
Ministerial support team
The letter is better represented this is how my very basic scanner and its formatting brought it to blog.
Be Well Geoff.
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