A Starbucks porn filter will be brought in 2019 to stop adult content from being accessed by customers hooked up to the chain’s free WiFi network.

It has taken a considerable amount of time for the Starbucks porn filter to be applied. In 2016, the coffee shop chain agreed to put in place a WiFi filtering solution following a campaign from the internet safety advocacy group Enough is Enough, but two years on and a Starbucks porn filter has only been applied in the UK.

Companies Pressured to Put in Place WiFi Filters to Block Porn

Enough is Enough released its Porn Free WiFi campaign – now renamed the SAFE WiFi campaign – to pressure companies that offer free WiFi to customers to apply WiFi filters to prevent access to adult content. In 2016, over 50,000 petitions were sent to the CEO’s of Starbucks and McDonalds urging them to apply WiFi filters and take the lead in preventing access to pornography and child porn on their WiFi networks.

After petitioning McDonald’s, the global restaurant chain took swift action and rolled out a WiFi filter across its 14,000 restaurants. However, Starbucks has been slow to take steps. After the McDonalds announcement in 2016, Starbucks agreed to roll out a WiFi filter once it had determined how to limit access to unacceptable content without involuntarily blocking unintended content. Until the Starbucks porn filter was applied, the coffee shop chain said it would reserve the right to stop any behavior that negatively impacted the customer experience, including activities on its free WiFi network.

The apparent lack of action lead Enough is Enough to increase the heat on Starbucks. On November 26, 2018, Enough is Enough president and CEO, Donna Rice Hughes, issued a fresh call for a Starbucks porn filter to be put in place and for the coffee chain to follow through in its 2016 promise. Rice Hughes also called for the public to sign a new petition calling for the Starbucks porn filter to finally be put in place.

Starbucks Porn Filter to Be Launched in All Regions in 2019

Starbucks has responded to Enough is Enough, via Business Insider, stating that it has been testing a variety of WiFi filtering solutions and has identified one that meets its needs. The Starbucks porn filter will be released across all its cafes in 2019.

All companies that offer free WiFi to their customers have a responsibility to ensure that their networks cannot be abused and remain ‘family-friendly.’ It is inevitable that some individuals will abuse the free access and flaunt policies on acceptable use. A technical solution is therefore necessary to enforce those policies.

While Enough is Enough is focused on ensuring adult content is prevented, there are other benefits of WiFi filtering. A WiFi filter protects customers from malware downloads and can stop them accessing phishing websites. All manner of egregious and illegal content can be restricted.

WiFi filters can also help companies conserve bandwidth to make sure that all customers can log on to the Internet and enjoy reasonable speeds.

TitanHQ has long been a supporter of WiFi filtering for public WiFi hotspots and has developed WebTitan Cloud for WiFi to allow businesses to easily restrick access to unacceptable and illegal web content on WiFi networks.

WebTitan Cloud for WiFi allows companies to carefully control the content that can be accessed over WiFi without involuntarily blocking unintended content. Being 100% cloud based, no hardware purchases have to be completed and no software downloads are necessary.

The solution offers companies advanced web filtering capabilities through an easy to use intuitive user interface. No IT consultants are needed to implement and run the solution. It can be set up and managed by individuals that have little to no technical knowhow.

The solution is highly scalable and can be used to safeguard thousands of users, at multiple locations around the globe, all managed through a single user interface.

If you run a company that offers free WiFi to customers and you have not yet started controlling the activities that can take place over your WiFi network, contact TitanHQ today for further information on WebTitan Cloud for WiFi.

Managed Service Providers (MSPs) that want to start providing WiFi filtering to their clients can join the TitanHQ Alliance. All TitanHQ solutions have been created to meet the needs of MSPs and make it simple for them to add new security capabilities to their service stacks.