No more stand alone filtering?

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Is it true that stand alone filtering will no longer be available?  This is the only feature that my family uses.  I have been frustrated with some of the required browser extensions, when we don't use any reporting.  What i see is now our price will increase and we will be getting NOTHING more for our money.

I like the idea of CE filtering my family, but this decision will push me to find a different product.
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Clay Lowman

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Patrick Smith, Alum

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Hi, Clay. Thanks for posting here, and specifically thank you for raising this concern. In hindsight, I wish I'd have thought to post a bulletin here. 

First, yes. It is true that Covenant Eyes will no longer provide stand-alone filtering. I respect your desire to protect your family online as you see fit, and I commend you for having the filter in place. You're right that if you stay on with CE, you'll see a price increase in April. As for getting nothing more for your money...well, I hope you'll read on. I'd like to share a little of our rationale behind the decision to add accountability to filter-only accounts.

Covenant Eyes has always intended to "major" on accountability instead of filtering. We made this decision because we believe that accountability has the power to transform lives in a way that filtering never will. Accountability shines the light of honesty and transparency into an area of life that is often shrouded in darkness and secrecy. Filtering can block most of the bad stuff most of the time, but unless it's coupled with accountability, you won't necessarily know if your son has found secretive gaps in the filter. 

Additionally, when we ran aggregated statistics on our filter-only accounts we found high rates of pornographic websites on our members' allow (aka: "white") lists. The scenario that allowed for that follows: A member signed up for filtering only; set himself up as the filter guardian; installed the software; and over time, used his rights as the filter guardian to allow himself access to pornographic sites. Because no one else had visibility into his allow/white list, he had the appearance of living uprightly without the substance.

This "double-life" scenario certainly wasn't true of all of our filter-only accounts. However, we're deeply convinced of the power of accountability to change lives, and almost as convinced that filtering alone simply doesn't change hearts. Our intent with this business change is that your weekly accountability reports will serve as springboards for meaningful conversations about your respective family members' digital lives. We're building the future of our business on the premise that accountability is the area in which Covenant Eyes can do the most good for the highest number of people. 

Again, I appreciate and respect that you've taken the initiative to protect your family with CE's filter. I hope you'll stick with us as we work to equip you for substantive conversations with your children about what it means to live with integrity online.

In any case, thank you for your business and for your willingness to post your thoughts.