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Wifi filtering: wake up and smell the coffee!

Many of us have come to appreciate the free Wifi which coffee shops such as Costa and Starbucks provide. These establishments, which give a Wifi boost to entrepreneurs and students, are also meeting places for mothers with children, as well as young teenagers. As such, many would argue that there is a responsibility to protect minors from unsuitable internet content.

Following protests by UK children’s organizations and a speech by Baroness Massey in the House of Lords in November, 2012, Starbucks and BT announced controls to block access to online porn via the free Wifi service in Starbucks shops. But, while Starbucks UK is now a porn-free zone, an investigation, by Internet safety and security consultant, John Carr, has revealed that this is not the case with their businesses in the rest of the world. 

Mr Carr's research was carried out in Starbucks premises in 25 different countries. Of these, hard core porn sites were accessible in all 14 European nations surveyed, as well as Australia, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, India, Japan, New Zealand and the USA. Only outlets in Oman, South Korea and Thailand had installed filtering measures, and this seems to be because of a wider legal ban which applies in those countries.

MacDonalds and other establishments offering free Wifi have imposed filters, not just in the UK, but around the world. So, why, with outcry in the UK failing to provide a filter caused, have Starbucks failed to implement this for their shops worldwide? Do they have some sort of stance about extremes in freedom of expression? The company’s own rules prohibit people from behaving inappropriately in their coffee shops, so why provide customers with the means of breaking those rules via the company’s Wifi? It’s a puzzle, particularly when a simple and inexpensive fix is available.

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