Parental internet controls - responses

P. John made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Education

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Dear Department for Education,

please could you confirm/disclose to me the responses to the recent "Parental internet controls" consultation that were provided by the telecom operators

- Virgin Media
- British Telecom
- TalkTalk
- Vodafone

and the communications surveillance vendors

- Phorm
- Huawei
- Bluecoat

Please could you also provide me with a list of current members of the UKCCIS.

many thanks,
Yours faithfully,
P John


Department for Education

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Department for Education
Public Communications Unit
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Dear P John,
Thank you for your request for information which was received on 6 September. You requested
the responses to the recent “parental internet controls” consultation that were provided by
the telecom operators Virgin Media, British Telecom, TalkTalk and Vodafone, and from the
communications surveillence vendors Phorm, Huawei and Bluecoat.  You also asked for a list
of current members of UKCCIS.  I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

Copies of the consultation responses made by Virgin Media and British Telecom are enclosed. 
TalkTalk indicated that they wished parts of their  response to remain confidential but have
agreed to release an edited, non-confidential version of their response.  Vodafone, Phorm,
Huawei and Bluecoat did not respond to the consultation.  A list of the current member
organisations of UKCCIS is also enclosed.

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Dear Department for Education,

many thanks for the response to my FoI request.

I'm absolutely delighted to note that Phorm are no longer members of the UKCCIS. It beggars belief - given their history - that they were ever permitted to be members of an organisation that purportedly promotes online child safety.

I'm also pleased to note Mike Galvin's apparent departure from UKCCIS. You might recall, it was responsible parenting that saved my children from the apparent attempt to deprave and corrupt visitors to Mr Galvin's blog on the BT Life site (*).

Carefully supervising children is an inescapable fact of parenting.

Can I take this opportunity to suggest; DfE might focus a little more attention toward educating children and their parents about personal privacy, communications security, democracy, freedom of speech, freedom of association, and responsible parenting.

Yours faithfully,

P. John