#1

It appears that o2 are now blocking some sites on the basis of a list supplied by the Internet Watch Foundation.

File hosting sites are affected so far from what I can see.

Any attempt to reach these sites is greeted with a o2 screen saying that they have blocked the site on the basis of what the IWF say.

This can be avoided by not using o2's DNS settings.

Seems we are headed down a slippery slope.

Sponge Bob Banned
#2

O2 sell a lot of product to teenagers so maybe it is no harm . Most of the sites are porn sites in fairness, not filesharing sites.

#3

As changing the DNS bypasses their nanny state blocking, i suppose that is a compromise.

I meant to say this is on their midband products.

Walkman Registered User
#4

Sponge Bob said:
O2 sell a lot of product to teenagers so maybe it is no harm . Most of the sites are porn sites in fairness, not filesharing sites.

If it was 3 we would all be giving out about them saying how dare they who are they to say what we can or cannot view.

#5

Given the hoo-ha over eircom's blocking of Piratebay, I'm surprised at the complete lack of talk about this.

As mentioned, it's a half-hearted block effort, as a simple DNS change bypasses it.

Ronan Raver77 Registered User
#6

On the phone to o2 yesterday and guy said we do not block any sites.....It wasn't any prn site either i was looking at..

#7

Well they are deffo blocking sites.

#8

Indeed, depositfiles is one they are blocking. You get a generic warning page with a link to the Internet Watch Foundation. Why a company like O2 are blocking file-hosting sites listed by an anti child-porn site is strange though. I've never heard of these sites being big on CP distribution.

Ronan Raver77 Registered User
#9

They sure are...so who do i ring besides o2 tomorrow..think il cancel my phone and broadband for this sly act!!!!

From another site

Was looking over the broadband T & C and noticed a few things

4. Service
4.4. O2 reserves the right to restrict, modify or block access to the Service if in its reasonable opinion the Service is being used for purposes other than as permitted under this Agreement.

Well you are now restricting access to the Service unilaterally but how have you come to your 'reasonable opinion the Service is being used for purposes other than as permitted under this Agreement' for each individual user?

10. Liability (Limitation and Exclusions)
10.3 O2 Mobile Broadband will allow you to access websites offered by third parties. O2 has no control over these sites and is not responsible for their availability, content or subject matter. O2 does not control or select this content and is not responsible for its availability or subject matter. O2's inclusion of this content does not imply any endorsement of the content and O2 accepts no liability whatsoever for this content.

This is clearly false. By blocking access O2 does have control over sites by selecting only content they approve. Is O2 now in breach of contract by deliberately ignoring your own T & C? Perhaps you should have changed them first.
http://forums.o2online.ie/forums/showthread.php?p=73462

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#10

Indeed. Hotfile is also blocked. Only a matter of time before they block rapidshare.

I've never heard of these sites being big on CP distribution.

It is a poor justification to stop people connecting to sites that involve large amounts of data being used.
Also it is amazing their staff are denying any of this.

Ronan Raver77 Registered User
#11

I was onto o2 today and the guy confirmed they are blocking sites that were provided to them by the Internet Watch Foundation. I also rang comreg so will see what happens.

MackDeToaster Registered User
#12

I've just seen this and I thought I was mad, but then I also logged onto the o2 forum to add to your post and was greeted with the message "You have been banned for the following reason : No reason specified" and "Date the ban will be lifted: Never".

I had a total of three threads there, two asking for help which were sorted, and one helping someone else which was thanked by Daryll. No reason to ban me whatsoever.

Between that and unwanted and unwarranted censorship I'm cancelling my contract immediately even though it will leave me with no web access. I also am the 'tech guru' for several others for whom I recommended O2, so I'll ensure they'll also be leaving. Well done O2, a lesson in how to alienate customers.

#13

I'm going to wait and see if there's any response on that thread on the O2 forum, but I'm considering a move to Vodafone right now. They charge 10 euro a month less, have the same cap, and have coverage in pretty much all the places I'd need it. The only drawback I see is no EDGE on Voda, and I'd be down to bare GPRS in one or two locations.

#14

I am between a rock and a hard place here. O2 is the only game in town for me.
Luckily a simple DNS change has defeated the Limerick chancers.

Ronan Raver77 Registered User
#15

I should really have a user name here my signal coverage on mobile and broadband may start to go haywire Guys in o2 defo watching peoples reactions to this sly underhanded move!!!!

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