Government web censor means you'll have to ask permission to view porn

David Cameron plans to put a blanket ban on all websites offering adult content, and as a result grown-ups who still want access will need to request it from their provider.

The government has unveiled plans to censor potentially damaging content on the web, including pornography and websites that encourage harmful behaviour.

Under the plans, announced today by Prime Minister David Cameron, every household in the UK will have all non-family friendly websites blocked by their broadband provider.

All broadband customers will be contacted by their provider and told they must decide whether to keep or deactivate the filter.

Internet access will be restricted for anyone who has not specifically opted out.

David Cameron said: "In the darkest corners of the internet, there are things going on that are a direct danger to our children - and that must be stamped out. This is, quite simply, about how we protect our children and their innocence."

The content filter will work at network level, which means any device that uses the broadband connection wirelessly - such as tablets, smartphones and games consoles - will automatically have the same restrictions applied.

Cameron added: "No more hassle of downloading filters for every device, just 'one click' protection. One click to protect your whole home and keep your children safe.

"We've agreed [with broadband providers] that those filters can only be changed by the account holder, who has to be an adult."

But according to the Open Rights Group, the UK's leading voice in defending digital freedom of expression and privacy, the government may be "misleading" the public.

Executive director Jim Killock said: "Network filters are easy to bypass. Device-level filters are more robust. Promoting reliance on network filters is very bad advice.

"We're glad that network filters will not be forced on people, but remain worried by the rhetoric around this topic, and the stream of half-baked comments from the Prime Minister."

In April, David Cameron unveiled plans for a porn filter on public Wi-Fi hotspots.

Both measures are part of a major new code of conduct that will require broadband providers and internet search companies - most notably Google - to show they are taking more responsibility over what content is available to users.

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