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Helen Goodman MP, Labour’s Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Minister, following the end of the Government’s meeting with Internet companies today, said:
“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. This shows the Tory led Government are weak in standing up to powerful companies even when the safety of children is at stake.”

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