NZ’S WEB FILTER
The digital child exploitation filtering system was introduced in March 2010 to make it more difficult to access child sex abuse images online.
Run by the Department of Internal Affairs, it blocks web users from accessing sites that are known to contain images or videos of child sex abuse.
When it was announced, some internet groups raised concerns that it would slow connection speeds and be used as a cover for broader censorship.
At last count, 582 sites were blocked, although a handful of pornographic sites deemed not to have child abuse images have been unblocked.
Nearly all New Zealand internet providers have now signed up to the filter, covering 2.5 million connections.
The filter is is not used to track child sex image traders and attempts to access these sites are anonymous.
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