David Cameron to block porn on Wi-Fi

ByAnthony Hill

Providers of Wi-Fi hotspots will be forced to block adult content under rules being proposed by the PM.

David Cameron has announced plans for a porn filter on public Wi-Fi hotspots.

The Prime Minister said the government was working on a new Code of Conduct that will require wireless broadband providers to block adult content.

He told The Daily Telegraph: "We are promoting good, clean Wi-Fi in local cafes and elsewhere, to make sure that people have confidence in public Wi-Fi systems so that they are not going to see things they shouldn't."

Public Wi-Fi

Many Wi-Fi operators - the likes of restaurants, pubs, train stations and airports - already have restrictions in place preventing users from accessing porn and other adult sites.

The government's new rules will apply to all Wi-Fi hotspots accessible to the public.

Earlier this week, research by broadband and mobile provider O2 revealed that 58% of people in the UK connect to Wi-Fi hotspots in shops when out shopping.

Killing time while waiting was the main reason for shoppers logging on, but over 20% claimed they use public Wi-Fi to search for better deals online.

According to the survey, 39% of shoppers say their choice of shopping destination is influenced by the availability of Wi-Fi hotspots and a further 14% said wireless broadband is an absolute must before they will think of entering a coffee shop.

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