Cameron rejects proposals for 'automatic block' on online pornography
British Prime Minister David Cameron has rejected proposals for an automatic block on online pornography amid fears parents would assume the internet was safe for their children.
The UK government decided against bringing in new anti-pornography filters for the Internet, less than a year after Cameron intervened to say they should be considered.
In May, Cameron ordered officials to examine the case for filters, which would have forced people actively to request an Internet connection that gives access to adult material.
The default option would have been a porn-free Internet service, the Telegraph reports.
According to the paper, the government has, however, now decided that this type of "opt-in" system "can create a false sense of security" because it does not screen out all harmful content.
There were also fears it could have "over-blocked" useful websites giving children access to "helpful information on sexual health or sexual identity".
The consultation on an automatic blocking system was launched, after a group of lawmakers warned internet service providers need to do more to protect children from harmful images, the paper said.