European ISPs fight mandatory filter
blchupin at iinet.net.au
Thu Jan 13 06:55:47 UTC 2011
European internet service providers (ISPs) are campaigning against a
proposal to impose mandatory ISP level filtering across the continent.
Similar to Australia's now deferred filtering scheme
the proposal, endorsed by the European Commission last December, has
been couched in terms of the battle against child pornography
The scheme demands, as a first step, that a web host expunge a page
deemed to be offensive from the internet.
However, if early attempts fail, ISPs must be prepared to block the URL
until the page is removed.
The European Internet Services Providers Association (EuroISPA) on
Tuesday began lobbying members of the European Parliament to only ratify
the first component of the proposal, claiming that ISP level blocking
"In order to make the Directive on child sexual exploitation as strong
as possible, emphasis must be placed on making swift notice and take
down of child sexual abuse material focused and effective," said Malcolm
Hutty, President of EuroISPA [pdf]
"Blocking, as an inefficient measure, should be avoided. Law enforcement
authorities' procedures for rapid communication to Internet Hosting
Providers of such illegal material must be reviewed and bottlenecks
An attempt to introduce mandatory filtering in the UK was abandoned in
2009 after ISPs successfully lobbied against it on cost grounds,
according to reports by /The Register./
Similar to anti-filter campaigners in Australia, EuroISPA argued that
ISP filtering could be circumvented by criminals, adding that blocking
merely facilitated the "revictimisation" phenomenon.
"I would rather deal with a correct asshole than a polite dipshit ANY AND EVERYDAY"
Brian K. White
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