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EU Parliament Group Rejects Mandatory Web Blocking

Source: Jennifer Baker, IDG News

The European Parliament’s civil liberties committee has voted unanimously to reject mandatory European Union-wide blocking of child pornography websites.

The European Commission had originally wanted to force member states to block illegal content and encouraged national authorities to use Internet service providers “to develop codes of conduct and guidelines for blocking access to such Internet pages.” This provoked concern among many civil liberties groups that were worried that member states might misuse the power to block websites and that legitimate content could be blocked in error.

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