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Broadband providers in the UK could face criminal prosecution in the future if they fail to tackle the problem of child pornography.

A leaked Home Office document seen by the Independent on Sunday says internet service providers (ISPs) could be affected by state intervention on the issue, which would see broadband firms criminalised as part of the crackdown.

The report adds that broadband providers could face "heavy fines" if they fail to block sites which contain content of child pornography.

It is currently estimated that 98.5 per cent of ISPs take down or block such sites through the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF).

The newspaper reports the leaked document states "a clause in the Police, Crime and Private Security Bill in the Queen's Speech would compel domestic ISPs to implement the blocking of illegal images of child sexual abuse".

All of the proposals will be discussed during a month-long consultation with broadband providers.

Independent broadband provider Zen Internet has become the latest ISP to sign-up as a member of the IWF.

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