Government porn plans not possible according to ISPA

You may have read on Pocket-lint earlier this week that the government is considering a blanket ban on internet pornography.

You may have even heard Pocket-lint editor Stuart Miles on BBC Radio 4's Today programme discussing the matter. (You can listen again if you want - it was originally broadcast live at an ungodly hour).

But now Nicholas Lansman, the secretary general of the Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) has stated that the plans are not feasible and that parent's should take responsibility for protecting their children online.

"Blocking lawful pornography content... will lead to the blocking of access to legitimate content and is only effective in preventing inadvertent access", he said. 

"Online safety is a priority issue for the internet industry and ISPA will be discussing the options available to protect children with government".

Reports had suggested that Communications minister Ed Vaizey was set to meet ISPs "in the near future" but a spokesman for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) would only confirm that Vaizey intends to discuss the plans with ISPs and that “there is no confirmed date yet and we are currently in the process of setting this up”.