David Cameron to announce details of new online laws

David Cameron is set to announce a host of new measures to curtail abuse and unsuitable material on the internet.

The measures include:

  • Possessing online pornography depicting rape will be illegal in England and Wales (it is already illegal in Scotland)
  • Search engines are to be given until October to introduce further measures to block illegal content and block key words
  • The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) will be given enhanced powers to examine file-sharing networks
  • A secure database of banned child porn images gathered by police across the country will be compiled to trace illegal content and those viewing it
  • 'Family-friendly filters' will be automatically selected for all new internet customers, they will have to request for them to be turmed off
  • Existing users will be contacted by their internet providers and to decide whether to activate the filters

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