Access Blocking Made in EU

At the beginning of February 2011 the Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament will decide whether mandatory EU-wide web blocking should be introduced. Using the pretext of fighting against child pornography all members of the European Union shall build an blocking infrastructure to be able to prevent access to ndexed websites effectively. The 2007 Commission impact assessment on terrorism said that the adoption of blocking measures necessarily implies a restriction of human rights, in particular the freedom of expression. Human rights organisations like und Bits of Freedom are currently campaigning against access blocking. Support is welcome!

Deleting child pornography works well

The German AK Zensur deleted 2009 within 12 hours 60 websites containing child pornography. It checked the danish blacklist and websites blocked for 2 years were deleted within 30 minutes. In 2010 99,4% of all reported websites with child sexual abuse material were deleted. (German news here, maybe an english translation is coming soon).

Number of websites
Total reported 656
deleted by INHOPE 448
deleted by foreign ISPs 204
no sexual abuse material 2

While deleting those 652 websites evidence for a criminal prosecution was also seized by the provider.

As the discussion concerning the data retention already showed: the proposed action does not make sense to achieve the stated goal. The restriction of fundamental rights cannot be justified by the needs of criminal prosecution.

French law Loppsi 2 adopted by the General Assembly

The Loppsi 2 law (law on guidelines and programming for the performance of internal security) was approved by the French General Assembly. The law which asks ISPs to block Internet sites deemed to have child pornographic content, now includes a version that will no longer require a previous judicial approval, which is actually against the French Constitution.


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