Europe Finds Flaws in Internet Filtering Software

The European Commission released the results of a survey it conducted that found while most software programs it tested do a good job of blocking kids from accessing certain websites, they are less effective at blocking access to social networking sites and blogs. The commission, the European Union's regulatory arm, analyzed 25 parental control tools for personal computers, three aimed at video game consoles and two for mobile phones and found that 84 percent are good at allowing parents to block access to certain websites, but at least 20 percent of sites offering "unsuitable" material for kids could pass through the filters, while blocking sites targeted for children.