84,000 blocks in 3 months on Telstra filter

Summary:Telstra has blocked over 84,000 attempts to access sites on the Interpol's "worst of the worst" child pornography blacklist in three months alone, according to the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

Telstra has blocked over 84,000 attempts to access sites on the Interpol's "worst of the worst" child pornography blacklist in three months alone, according to the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

Telstra was the first to implement the voluntary filter in July, and was soon followed by Optus and a number of other internet service providers (ISPs). The number of blocks was revealed by AFP national manager for high tech crime operations, Neil Gaughan, in Senate Estimates yesterday afternoon, first reported by iTnews.

"I can say that at this stage Telstra is the only ISP that is able to provide us with information in relation to the amount of blocks that are taking place and from the period of 1 July this year to 15 October there were in excess of 84,000 redirections," he said, according to Hansard (PDF).

The list is updated weekly, he added, and people who have attempted to visit websites determined by Interpol to be child abuse websites will be redirected to an Interpol landing page. Gaughan added that although the IP address of the person who attempted to visit that website could be recorded by the AFP, it was specifically left out of this trial.

"Part of the negotiation, if you like, with the trial was that at this particular stage we would not be forwarded the IP addresses," he told the senate hearing.

Gaughan said there was no date for the trial to finish up, but that the AFP would review the program in December.

Topics: Censorship, Government, Government : AU, Optus, Telcos, Telstra

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