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These sites have previously been submitted to ISPs for unblocking. When ISPs decline to unblock, we are able to appeal to the BBFC.
URL Reported at Status
http://brownells.com

Original Complaint: ------------------- submitted on 09 March, 2021 at 18:20 ISP Response: ------------- Hello Having completed our review of the content of http://brownells.com, we believe that our categorisation is correct. As such, we will not be removing this website from our adult content filter. Kind regards Alastair Three Content Reviews -----Original Message----- From: Edmund Schlater via Blocked.org.uk Sent: 09 March 2021 18:20 To: content Subject: Website blocking enquiry - http://brownells.com CAUTION! External Email. Website blocking enquiry from Edmund Schlater, regarding the website at http://brownells.com. The above website has been incorrectly blocked by your filters. Please could you look into this and let me know why this website was blocked and if the block will be lifted? Thanks, Edmund Schlater You can view details including when the block was detected and which other ISPs appear to be blocking the site at: https://www.blocked.org.uk/site/http://brownells.com This email was sent from https://www.blocked.org.uk — the user making the report may not be a customer of your ISP. You can learn more about how blocked reports are generated at https://www.blocked.org.uk/isps Please note that responses are recorded and may be republished on https://www.blocked.org.uk. This e-mail message (including any attachment) is intended only for the personal use of the recipient(s) named above. This message is confidential and may be legally privileged. If you are not an intended recipient, you may not review, copy or distribute this message. If you have received this communication in error, please notify us immediately by e-mail and delete the original message. Any views or opinions expressed in this message are those of the author only. Furthermore, this message (including any attachment) does not create any legally binding rights or obligations whatsoever, which may only be created by the exchange of hard copy documents signed by a duly authorised representative of Hutchison 3G UK Limited. Hutchison 3G UK Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with company number 3885486. Registered Office Star House, 20 Grenfell Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 1EH Review comments: ---------------- Appears to be a simple page to direct users to the correct outlet, eg in the UK.

10 March, 2021 at 13:25
http://castr.io

Original Complaint: Our site is for video maker to stream their videos to multiple social network platform such as Facebook and Youtube. We don't violate any rules so please unblock us since our users in UK cannot login anymore and it affects their work. Thank you! ISP Response: Review comments: No reply from Vodafone.

26 February, 2021 at 22:03
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http://cbdoilsuk.com

Original Complaint: ------------------- This site should not be blocked as it complies with UK regulations and does not sell or promote anything illegal. More information regarding CBD oil can be found here: https://www.netdoctor.co.uk/medicines/a23099460/cbd-oil-benefits-and-risks/ The products the site sells are also sold here: https://www.hollandandbarrett.com/search?query=love+hemp&isSearch=true but Holland and Barrett are not blocked? Thank you. submitted on 29 March, 2019 at 11:04 ISP Response: ------------- Review comments: ----------------

03 March, 2021 at 12:56
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http://hemp.je

Original Complaint: ------------------- Good afternoon, It has recently come to our attention that the Jersey Hemp website - https://hemp.je - was mistakenly classified as adult content on the three network and we are concerned that the case may be the same on other networks in the UK. If this is indeed the case, we believe that this classification is in error and so we wish to appeal the status of the Jersey Hemp website. Jersey Hemp cultivates and processes industrial hemp into raw materials and end products under licence from the Government of Jersey, selling a range of hempseed products and THC-free CBD oils to the UK and Europe from the hemp.je website. We would appreciate your assistance in resolving this matter so that our customers may access the Jersey Hemp website without restriction. Kind regards, Simon Harrison. Web Developer Jersey Hemp submitted on 24 September, 2019 at 14:50 ISP Response: ------------- Review comments: ---------------- No response from Vodafone.

02 March, 2021 at 23:32
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http://hidemyass.com

Original Complaint: ------------------- To whom it may concern With biggest regret we found out that our site hidemyass.com appears to be blocked by your internal systems. Since 2012 our site offers, apart from VPN service, several free tools that are essential for many users who are concern about privacy. We also provide valuable educational resources on the topic. Honestly speaking, we do not understand why UK based companies like yours, block UK based company providing VPN service to many UK and foreign users without even notifying us about your desire to block our site. It puts under question how you treat fundamental human rights like free speech. Apart from our request to unblock our site, we are happy to know more about what is your position towards Internet Censorship, Privacy Rights, and totalitarian attempts to censor Internet we observe these days in countries like China PRC, Russia, Uganda, Kenya, and some others. With kind regards, Dr. Andrei Mochola Commercial Director Avast Software Privax Limited provides virtual private network (VPN) and internet privacy solutions. The company was incorporated in 2010 and is based in London, United Kingdom, 110 High Holborn. Since 2016 it operates as a subsidiary of Avast Software s.r.o., LON:AVST. submitted on 04 July, 2019 at 08:13 ISP Response: ------------- Andrei Should you wish to appeal this decision then visit http://www.bbfc.co.uk/what-classification/mobile-content/appeals . We will then implement their decision. Should you wish to know more about how mobile content is restricted then please visit http://www.bbfc.co.uk/what-classification/mobile-content O2 Shield | Telefónica UK Ltd <email removed> -----Original Message----- From: Andrei Mochola via Blocked.org.uk <email removed> Sent: 04 July 2019 09:14 To: Shield AV (UK) Subject: Website blocking enquiry - http://hidemyass.com Website blocking enquiry from Andrei Mochola, regarding the website at http://hidemyass.com. The above website has been incorrectly blocked by your filters. To whom it may concern With biggest regret we found out that our site hidemyass.com appears to be blocked by your internal systems. Since 2012 our site offers, apart from VPN service, several free tools that are essential for many users who are concern about privacy. We also provide valuable educational resources on the topic. Honestly speaking, we do not understand why UK based companies like yours, block UK based company providing VPN service to many UK and foreign users without even notifying us about your desire to block our site. It puts under question how you treat fundamental human rights like free speech. Apart from our request to unblock our site, we are happy to know more about what is your position towards Internet Censorship, Privacy Rights, and totalitarian attempts to censor Internet we observe these days in countries like China PRC, Russia, Uganda, Kenya, and some others. With kind regards, Dr. Andrei Mochola Commercial Director Avast Software Privax Limited provides virtual private network (VPN) and internet privacy solutions. The company was incorporated in 2010 and is based in London, United Kingdom, 110 High Holborn. Since 2016 it operates as a subsidiary of Avast Software s.r.o., LON:AVST. Please could you look into this and let me know why this website was blocked and if the block will be lifted? Thanks, Andrei Mochola You can view details including when the block was detected and which other ISPs appear to be blocking the site at: https://www.blocked.org.uk/site/http://hidemyass.com This email was sent from https://www.blocked.org.uk — the user making the report may not be a customer of your ISP. You can learn more about how blocked reports are generated at https://www.blocked.org.uk/isps Please note that responses are recorded and may be republished on https://www.blocked.org.uk. This electronic message contains information from Telefónica UK Limited which may be privileged or confidential. The information is intended to be for the use of the individual(s) or entity named above. If you are not the intended recipient be aware that any disclosure, copying, distribution or use of the contents of this information is prohibited. If you have received this electronic message in error, please notify us by telephone or email. Switchboard: +44 (0)113 272 2000 Contact: www.o2.co.uk/contactus Telefónica UK Limited, 260 Bath Road, Slough, Berkshire SL1 4DX. Registered in England and Wales: 1743099. VAT number: GB 778 6037 85 Review comments: ----------------

03 March, 2021 at 13:07
http://indobatch.com

Original Complaint: my site not squatted, abandoned, or redirect URL ISP Response: Review comments: Complaint was accepted, but not actioned, by Vodafone.

02 March, 2021 at 19:19
http://ldncbd.co.uk

Original Complaint: ------------------- We sell legal products are that not age-restricted in any way. Please remove this block from our website. Thanks submitted on 15 August, 2019 at 10:11 ISP Response: ------------- Review comments: ----------------

03 March, 2021 at 12:37
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http://letsupload.co

Original Complaint: ------------------- This is a mistake perhaps, we do not spread false information nor do we share illegal content. submitted on 10 August, 2019 at 17:55 ISP Response: ------------- Review comments: ----------------

03 March, 2021 at 13:12
http://puresportcbd.co.uk

Original Complaint: PuresportCBD provides CBD (canabidiol) products that are 100% legal and compliant UK laws and regulations. Canabidiol is a legal Cannabinoid extracted from All of our products are batch tested by world leading 3rd party labs with certificates of analysis provided on the website to show that our products are absolutely legal and contains zero traces of THC. There is no reason our website should be restricted as the products we sell are allowed to be sold under the novel food act as retail food supplements. We would greatly appreciate this block being removed as it is hindering our ability to provide a legal and completely natural supplement to potential customers. You can find our third party lab review here: https://builtbygo.com/PureSport.pdf Kind regards, ISP Response: Review comments: No response from Vodafone.

02 March, 2021 at 17:01
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http://quicksarchery.co.uk

Original Complaint: This is one of the best known and established retailers of archery as a sport suppliers. ISP Response: Review comments: No response from Vodafone

02 March, 2021 at 17:04
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http://simfileshare.net

Original Complaint: Not sure why it's listed as anonymiser. No other ISPs are blocking it. The only issue was they had a server outage in Jan-Feb (see their twitter @simfileshare for info). It's a very popular hosting site dedicated to Sims 4 mods (hairstyles, fashion, furniture etc). ISP Response: Review comments: No reply from Vodafone

02 March, 2021 at 18:17
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http://surfshark.com

Original Complaint: This is genuine VPN service and only works by disabling "malicious websites" on Vodafone home broadband. This puts us on more risk and will not be able to block actual malicious websites ISP Response: Review comments: No reply from Vodafone

02 March, 2021 at 15:29
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http://tharwavalleyforge.com

Original Complaint: We are a blacksmithing school - we don't make weapons, we make utensils including Japanese kitchen knives and traditional shaving razors. We also teach sculpture, woodwork and leatherwork. Automated systems tend to block our site because they lack the nuance required to understand that cutlery makers aren't making weapons. We're blacksmiths, not weapon manufacturers. Please unblock our site. ISP Response: Review comments: This does not seem to match BBFC guidelines for blocking.

25 February, 2021 at 19:07
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http://uploadfiles.io

Original Complaint: We are a legitimate hosting service, similar to WeTransfer, Dropbox and Google Drive. We have many UK users complaining they cannot access their files, please can you remove this block? ISP Response: Review comments: Unclear why this is blocked,no response from Vodafone

02 March, 2021 at 15:13
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http://vpnonline.pl

Original Complaint: ------------------- This website give me access to my vpn service submitted on 13 March, 2019 at 16:13 ISP Response: ------------- Review comments: ----------------

04 March, 2021 at 15:33
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http://www.cheshiregunroom.com

Original Complaint: ------------------- Our website is for our reputable gun shop, we do not glamorise violence or weapons, and there are plenty of other gun shops that aren't being blocked so this seems a bit unfair (https://www.sportsmanguncentre.co.uk/ as an example) we do not sell any illegal weapons and all of our product listings are complying with UK gun law standards. submitted on 27 September, 2019 at 15:55 ISP Response: ------------- Review comments: ---------------- No response from Vodafone.

02 March, 2021 at 23:30
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http://www.cyberghost.com

Original Complaint: I use this VPN service to connect to secure services. I can use it over Vodaphone Broadband and it should not be blocked on Mobile Data! ISP Response: Review comments: No response from Vodafone

02 March, 2021 at 19:13
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http://www.forestfireworks.co.uk

Original Complaint: ------------------- submitted on 28 April, 2019 at 17:59 ISP Response: ------------- Review comments: ----------------

03 March, 2021 at 13:14
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http://www.gayleicester.co.uk

Original Complaint: ------------------- Hi Gay Leicester is is a regional LGBT resource, giving local gay friendly bar and club information, LGBT support and social groups etc There is no porn on this site. submitted on 26 March, 2019 at 01:20 ISP Response: ------------- Review comments: ----------------

03 March, 2021 at 13:11
http://www.landmarkworldwide.com

Original Complaint: There is no adult content. It is a business selling courses. There is no content that could be construed as inappropriate in any way. ISP Response: Review comments: No response from Vodafone other than autom-email.

26 February, 2021 at 22:06
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http://www.livens.co.uk

Original Complaint: ------------------- This website does not enable any graphic or indecent content nor does it allow under age visitors purchase restricted content. We are licensed store which operates under EU and UK legislation. We adhere to governed rules and feel this is a precautionary blocking instead, something we would like to contest. submitted on 03 September, 2019 at 15:25 ISP Response: ------------- Review comments: ----------------

03 March, 2021 at 12:36
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http://www.misteliquid.co.uk

Original Complaint: ------------------- We believe this site should be unblocked from your restrictions, as many of our competitors are not blocked from your ISPs. Please could you review to see if we have been wrongly categorized. Many Thanks, Frederic Cassman submitted on 12 November, 2019 at 13:15 ISP Response: ------------- Frederic We've completed your request for us to review http://www.misteliquid.co.uk It will remain categorised as Tobacco Kids. It sells e-liquid, e-cigarette kits for vaping and the product lines offers flavors such as 'trouble Gum' or 'Blue Slushie' that are appealing to kids. O2 use a Classification Framework designed by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) to filter content available on mobile. The BBFC will investigate complaints if these cannot be resolved by us. For more information on how to refer your complaint to the BBFC, please see here http://www.bbfc.co.uk/what-classification/mobile-content/appeals O2 Shield | Telefónica UK Ltd <email removed> -----Original Message----- From: Frederic Cassman via Blocked.org.uk <email removed> Sent: 12 November 2019 13:15 To: Shield AV (UK) Subject: Website blocking enquiry - http://www.misteliquid.co.uk Website blocking enquiry from Frederic Cassman, regarding the website at http://www.misteliquid.co.uk. The above website has been incorrectly blocked by your filters. We believe this site should be unblocked from your restrictions, as many of our competitors are not blocked from your ISPs. Please could you review to see if we have been wrongly categorized. Many Thanks, Frederic Cassman Please could you look into this and let me know why this website was blocked and if the block will be lifted? Thanks, Frederic Cassman You can view details including when the block was detected and which other ISPs appear to be blocking the site at: https://www.blocked.org.uk/site/http://www.misteliquid.co.uk This email was sent from https://www.blocked.org.uk — the user making the report may not be a customer of your ISP. You can learn more about how blocked reports are generated at https://www.blocked.org.uk/isps Please note that responses are recorded and may be republished on https://www.blocked.org.uk. This electronic message contains information from Telefónica UK Limited which may be privileged or confidential. The information is intended to be for the use of the individual(s) or entity named above. If you are not the intended recipient be aware that any disclosure, copying, distribution or use of the contents of this information is prohibited. If you have received this electronic message in error, please notify us by telephone or email. Switchboard: +44 (0)113 272 2000 Contact: www.o2.co.uk/contactus Telefónica UK Limited, 260 Bath Road, Slough, Berkshire SL1 4DX. Registered in England and Wales: 1743099. VAT number: GB 778 6037 85 Review comments: ---------------- Tobacco sites not blocked under BBFC guidance.

03 March, 2021 at 12:48
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http://www.morphpod.com

Original Complaint: This site has information about the camping pods/garden rooms we make, there is no improper content and I can't understand why it has been blocked. Please unblock it. ISP Response: Review comments: Garden shed website

25 February, 2021 at 19:11
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http://www.targetszone.co.uk

Original Complaint: ------------------- We are a legitimate business, VAT registered. We have a Bricks and Mortar Shop as well as our website. Nothing is sold illegally to under 18's You can only purchase on line through Paypal . You can not hold a Paypal account unless you are over 18. We are registered with the Police as a Firearms Dealer and we are also members of UKARA legitimately selling Airsoft Weapons and accessories. submitted on 20 December, 2018 at 21:50 ISP Response: ------------- Review comments: ----------------

03 March, 2021 at 13:17
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http://www.thecountryman.com

Original Complaint: Could you please remove our website (https://www.thecountryman.com/) from your adult content/restricted/filtered website lists as we have received multiple complaints where our (and your) customers are being inconvenience as they are unable to browse our website, we and they cannot understand why they are not being allowed to browse without removing all adult content filters as our website does not feature graphic or influencing content which may be harmful to young users only products for sale in our shop in Derby UK, The website is a retail website selling outdoor sports equipment and clothing. We have spent years building and improving it and are very careful with the content, there are no images, videos, text or links ot other websites which may be harmful of any kind if someone under 18 inadvertantly clicked on our website. Thankyou for looking in to this for us and getting our site removed from your filtered website lists. Regards Andrew ISP Response: Review comments: Vodafone did not reply; Three promised to unblock this site but did not.

24 February, 2021 at 08:29
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