Internet Content Blocking

What Type of Blocking does this Page Refer to?

As per our commitment to voluntarily implement blocking of child sexual abuse material (announced in mid-2010) and in cooperation with a formal request from the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Optus implemented blocking of the INTERPOL “worst of the worst” list in July 2011. (The AFP acts as INTERPOL’s agent within Australia.)

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Are all Australian ISP's Participating?

We can only confirm our own involvement in the scheme.

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What about My Privacy – Will Optus be Able to See Everything I'm Viewing?

Optus’ blocking solution does not identify individual customers nor does it generate reports on which customers have attempted to access websites that are on the INTERPOL ’worst of’ list.

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What Content ‘Exactly' will be Blocked?

Blocking will be based on the INTERPOL “worst of the worst” list – a list of prohibited domains that have been independently verified by INTERPOL and at least one other partner law enforcement agency as containing child sexual abuse material, which is illegal in overseas jurisdictions and also under Australian Law.

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Which Sites are on the List?

As the content is illegal, the Domains are kept confidential. INTERPOL maintains very strict criteria for the domains that are included on their list. Details of the criteria are available from INTERPOL’s website. 

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What Should I do if I Think a Legitimate Website is on the Blocking List?

You must contact the Australian Federal Police (www.afp.gov.au), who will arrange with INTERPOL to have the matter investigated.

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What do I do if I Have Come Across Content Which I Believe is Illegal? Who do I Report it to?

All complaints by Australian residents about content which is believed to be illegal must be directed to the Children’s eSafety Commissioner.  The Commissioner is required to investigate all genuine complaints made by Australian residents or corporations operating in Australia. For details on how to lodge a complaint go to:  https://www.esafety.gov.au/complaints-and-reporting/offensive-and-illegal-content-complaints/lodge-an-offensive-or-illegal-content-complaint

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Will the Blocking Impact My Internet Service’s Speeds or Performance?

No. Our testing has confirmed that there are no impacts to internet speeds or performance as a result of the blocking. 

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