Record number of entries for the ISPA Awards -

ISPA has received a record number of entrants for this year’s categories, making the 2009 ISPA Awards the most hotly contested yet.

Technical testing has now been under way for some time and entrants are in the process of submitting their value-added entry forms (deadline today), which could well make all the difference.

The winners will be selected based on a combination of the results of the technical testing and the marks from the panel of independent judges. Finalists will be announced in mid-May with the winners crowned at the black tie gala dinner and awards ceremony at the Grosvenor Marriott Hotel in London on the 9th July.

Tickets for this event will go on sale shortly from the ISPA Awards website.

With a record number of entrants, sponsorship of the Awards is likely to lead to more great exposure to the people that matter. If you have any questions or would like to enquire about sponsorship please contact or 020 7340 8741.

Revised Regulations on Data Retention

The new regulations on the retention of data in the UK are set to come into force in early April following passage through Committee stage of both Houses of Parliament in March. The Internet industry has enjoyed success in managing to gain clarity from the Home Office over its transposition of the EU Data Retention Directive. Published in February, the new Regs contained some useful changes from the original draft consultation including further details about the notice system and clarity over the retention period.
The initial consultation period ran from August-October last year. ISPA has been involved in the consultative period for some time, has held a number of regulatory meetings and Forums for ISPA members on this subject and has responded to consultations. ISPA is continuing to liase with Government on outstanding issues.

ISPA to Enter Nominet Best Practice Challenge

ISPA today announced its intention to enter the Nominet best Practice Challenge for the first time. The ISPA entry, in the 'Raising Industry Standards' category, will aim to showcase much of the important work that the trade association has done in promoting responsible business practice and maintaining high standards.

The deadline for entries is this Friday (3rd April) should ISPA members wish to submit their own entries.

ISPA Members Sentry Parental Control

Sentry Parental Controls is a leading piece of child protection software, minimising the threat of exposure to inappropriate material, becoming a victim of cyberbullying or being groomed by online predators.

They are an associate member of the IWF (Internet Watch Foundation) and its funding council, and inherit the IWF CAIC list into their database of blocked sites. They are also a member of the UKCCIS (UK Council for Child Internet Safety).

New Hosted Service Helps in the Blocking of Child Pornography Web sites

A number of ISPs in the UK block web sites containing child sexual abuse images (CSAI) using a list provided by the Internet Watch Foundation. However, doing this has often required complex and expensive technology to be installed within the ISP network.

Watchdog International, a specialist Internet filtering company, has developed a service for ISPs that is both affordable and easy to set up.  It is based on the Whitebox system from NetClean in Sweden. Talk Internet in Warrington are using this service and have found it to be trouble free.

The NetClean WhiteBox is a CSAI blocking and filtering system. It combines Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), IP tunnels, deep packet inspection (DPI), a list of live dynamic URLs supplied by the UK's IWF and a redirection mechanism to direct users away from servers containing CSAI.  Please visit: