The adult content filers do not block gambling sites automatically, according to UK internet service providers (ISP). Amid reports that TalkTalk was to follow Sky in adhering to a newly mandated filtering process for online adult content, the notion that gambling websites would be blocked automatically was downplayed when a TalkTalk spokesman confirmed to eGaming Review that customers seeking unlimited access to gambling-related sites merely had to manually request the lifting of those blocks.
Upon signing up for a provider, customers will be given an opt-out of the filtering system, while existing customers will be provided with a pop-up alert when first attempting to access an adult-content site under the updated regulations.
In fact, the filter is already by and large a non-issue, with 95% of TalkTalk's customer already having made their opt-out preferences known.
As for Sky, the UK media giant's internal filtering system, HomeShield, provides customers with the option regarding content filtering before adult-content blocks take effect, with automatic application taking place only for customers who do not indicate their decisions within a month of the updates.
The other two UK internet giants, BT and Virgin Media, have yet to confirm when or if they will add automatic content filtering to their services.
The concept of adult content-filtering was first suggested to providers in 2011 as a means of protecting children from online adult content, with UK Prime Minster David Cameron supporting the movement as a means for ISP's to provide a more ethical brand of service. The UK government has entrusted private providers to protect the communities they serve, and the voluntary block is a significant measure that should not be misinterpreted by iGaming interests within the UK.