In related news, the Washington-based Electronic Privacy Information Center released a report that slams search engines that use filters for blocking access to 99% of the family-friendly Web sites. EPIC's study was based on a side-by-side comparison of an unfiltered Internet search engine (AltaVista) with a filtered search engine. EPIC tested both search engines using such search phrases as the "American Red Cross," "National Aquarium" and "Thomas Edison." The research group found that the filtered search engine typically blocked access to 99% of the documents containing those phrases when compared with results returned by AltaVista, which doesn't use filters.
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