PIN finds Internet filtering software unreliable

5th January 2001 at 00:00
Software designed to protect children from online dangers do not live up to their promise, according to a evaluation conducted by the Parents Information Network (PIN), which advises parents about computers and the Internet. Products were subjected to rigorous tests for six months to rate their ability to block access to unsuitable content such as nudity, sex, racism, bomb-maing and illegal drugs. Most programs offer some level of protection, but not enough for parents to depend on them. PIN also found that there is no standard of technical performance or user support and products are not flexible enough to cope with changes. See the PIN website for the full evaluation.

See PINpoints, p 61.

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