LGfL and City of London Police block piracy sites for member schools

Safeguarding non-profit London Grid for Learning DigiSafe has teamed up with the local police to block known piracy sites from school networks across the UK

LGfL’s safeguarding division, DigiSafe, has joined forces with the City of London Police to block known piracy sites from its member schools across the UK.

All websites on the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit’s (PIPCU) infringing website list will now be blocked to LGfL’s 3,000 schools.

Mark Bentley, online safety and safeguarding manager at LGfL DigiSafe, said: “By working with City of London police to block its list of infringing websites to our community of over two million students, we not only prevent children accessing inappropriate material but also provide reassurance to senior leaders that this illegal activity cannot be committed on the school site, meaning headteachers do not need to fear liability for copyright infringements.”

The online safety of school children is of paramount importance and our IWL is able to prevent them from viewing inappropriate material.
– Detective constable Steve Salway, PIPCU

PIPCU is a specialist unit within the City of London Police, funded by the government’s Intellectual Property Office. The infringing websites list (IWL) was created in partnership with organisations including the Interactive Advertising Bureau to make it easier for individuals and organisations to block known illegal sites, and stop them from being able to buy or sell ads.

Detective constable Steve Salway of PIPCU said: “The online safety of school children is of paramount importance and our IWL is able to prevent them from viewing inappropriate material. It will also put a stop to them accessing copyright infringing content, leaving London schools with extra peace of mind.”

For more information on LGfL DigiSafe including a complete range of resources for online safety and safeguarding please visit onlinesafety.lgfl.net

To find out more about the PIPCU and the Infringing Websites List please visit iabuk.com/policy/infringing-website-list-iwl