Internet censorship - Definition from the Hotspot Shield Glossary

The censorship of the internet involves controlling how the public accesses the internet and what content they can view when browsing the web. Internet censorship will be controlled and implemented by the government of a country or the government may employ a specific department or organization to be responsible.

There are several countries across the globe who actively censors the internet including China, Thailand, Netherlands, India, Estonia, Canada and the US. Censorship is often implemented in a country for security reasons, or to tackle online crime, or even to clamp down on the viewing and distribution of material that is deemed to be immoral. In most cases, low levels of censorship is vital to ensure levels of online crime are reduced, but an area of contention is where do you draw the line with censorship before it becomes invasive to a person’s privacy?