Digital Child Exploitation Filter

Digital Child Exploitation Filter

Child what?

There are filters available to ISPs that allow them to block websites that have images or content which exploits children (child sex abuse images, aka ‘child pornography’). 

Why we care

Because the Internet should be open. While we are generally opposed to filtering content, we believe that the immense harm of child exploitation can justify filtering out images and other content of child exploitation. Some New Zealanders will want to use the filter to protect their families and children from harmful content, others will object on principle to their ISP filtering their Internet traffic. We think that, whether or not you agree with filtering, you should be able to make an informed choice to select an ISP that fits with your views.

Why should you care?

New Zealand’s Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System (DCEFS), administered by the Department of Internal Affairs, represents a compromise between outright censorship and allowing the proliferation of these images to continue. It is an opt-in partnership with independent oversight from ISPs, and it is only ever permitted to be used for blocking child exploitation imagery and associated websites. If the filter is something you want to have, you should know which ISPs are using it.

None of the ISPs websites have this information on their sites. Instead, we report whether or not the ISP is recognised by the Department of Internal Affairs as using the DCEFS: http://www.dia.govt.nz/Censorship-DCEFS-Internet-Service-Providers

Does your provider use the Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System?

2degrees Does Not Filter
2degrees currently operates a Digital Child Exploitation Filter in its mobile operations, but not its ISP services. See the Digital Child Exploitation Filter System website.
Actrix Does Not Filter
Actrix does not use the Digital Child Exploitation Filter.
Bigpipe Does Not Filter
Bigpipe does not use the Digital Child Exploitation Filter.
Compass Filters
Compass uses the Digital Child Exploitation Filter.
DTS Does Not Filter
DTS does not use the Digital Child Exploitation Filter.
Farmside Does Not Filter
Farmside does not use the Digital Child Exploitation Filter.
Flip Does Not Filter
Flip does not use the Digital Child Exploitation Filter. Flips site explains its thinking and approach to Internet filtering.
Inspire Does Not Filter
Inspire does not use the Digital Child Exploitation Filter
MyRepublic Does Not Filter
MyRepublic does not use the Digital Child Exploitation Filter.
Now Does Not Filter
Now does not use the Digital Child Exploitation Filter.
Orcon Does Not Filter
Orcon does not use the Digital Child Exploitation Filter. Orcon's website includes information about why it does not subscribe to the DCEFS (see link below).
Skinny Broadband Filters
Skinny Broadband utilises Spark's infrastructure and as such uses the digital child exploitation filter.
Slingshot Does Not Filter
Slingshot does not use the Digital Child Exploitation Filter.
Spark Filters
Spark uses the Digital Child Exploitation Filter.
Trustpower Does Not Filter
Trustpower does not use the Digital Child Exploitation Filter.
Vodafone Filters
Vodafone uses the Digital Child Exploitation Filter.