“Members of the European Parliament Monday prepared their position on whether mandatory EU-wide web blocking of certain sites should be introduced, prompting concern from digital rights groups.

The Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee examined a report that looks at the viability of blocking websites that distribute child pornography. Their opinion will put to a vote by the whole Parliament at the beginning of February.

The report, prepared by Italian Member of Parliament Roberta Angelilli, proposes that blocking should be left up to national authorities (the current status quo), however digital rights groups are concerned that some parliamentarians will propose mandatory blocking, something both the European Commission and Council broadly favor.”

From Techworld