These include English defamation law, the Copyright law of the United Kingdom, In 1998, the United Kingdom incorporated the European Convention, and the guarantee of freedom of expression it contains in Article 10, into its domestic law under the Human Rights Act. The law provides for freedom of speech and press, and prohibits arbitrary interference with privacy, family, home, or correspondence, and the government routinely respects these rights and prohibitions.
An independent press, an effective judiciary, and a functioning democratic political system combine to ensure freedom of speech and press.
In May 2015, a leaked Council of the European Union document on the topic of net neutrality suggested users would have to opt into blocks, rather than opt out as per the current UK government's plans.
John Carr of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety said of the proposals: 'a major plank of the UK’s approach to online child protection will be destroyed at a stroke'.
Wide-scale inadvertent 'overblocking' has been observed since ISP default filtering was introduced at the end of 2013.Talk Talk already had content-control software available to comply with government requirements.Their Home Safe internet filtering system was introduced in May 2011 as an opt-in product and was used for default filtering of new customers from March 2012.The filtering program has applied to new ISP customers since the end of 2013, and has been extended to existing users on a rolling basis.A voluntary code of practice agreed by all four major ISPs However, the complex nature of the active monitoring systems means that users cannot usually opt out of the monitoring and re-routing of their data traffic, something which may render their data security vulnerable.