Re: How about PICS support?

From: Nigel Metheringham <>
Date: Thu, 17 Oct 1996 10:56:25 +0100

} At 10:12 AM 17/10/1996 +0100, you wrote:
} >I don't see any use for it myself for our site, but I'd imagine there'd be
} >a fair whack of ISP's who'd like to play Big Brother and filter for their
} >clients. It would also mean that PICS would work for all browsers instead
} >of only those that support it.
} Well, no, you don't want to do that. You're then imposing editorial
} control on the internet, and eventually someone's gunna come up and
} put a close up on and you're gunna get your pants
} sued off. Don't do it. Don't even think about it. Let the customer
} decide.

That doesn't lessen the case for having PICS support in squid. We (as an
ISP) would not filter on our central cache's (unless something happened to
us like in singapore where filtering is a legal requirement), however we
put a local server with each customer which has a squid cache running on
it. THAT one would have PICS enabled with the customer able to select the
parameters. If someone wishes to sue their employer over limitations of
web access then that is entirely someone elses problem :-)


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