Government meeting with internet firms 'produces a damp squib'

Helen Goodman MP, Labour’s Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Minister, has called the government’s meeting with Internet companies has produced "a damp squib".

Maria Miller’s summit has produced a damp squib.

While splash pages are a welcome step forward, the agreement of just an extra £250,000 a year for four years from the industry for the Internet Watch Foundation is woeful.

The internet service providers are still refusing to put filters on as default for all customers.

Their scheme means there will not be total coverage till 2018 at the earliest and there is no effective age verification. We need proper measures to stop people viewing child abuse hiding in anonymity.

– Helen Goodman MP