Advocate General States Web Filtering By ISP Violates Privacy

In a recent development, the laws brought in with the view of preventing user access to websites promoting piracy may suffer from a major setback.

Advocate General Pedro Cruz Villalón reportedly stated in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Thursday that it is a wrong thing to do for an ISP to block its users from accessing certain websites that are believed to be indulged in copyright-infringement, as these steps could be well termed as violations of privacy, data protection as well as of freedom of information under the existing European Union laws.

He also said that it was not the right example to set by the Belgian court when it ruled its verdict that forced ISPs to block such website with “pirated” contents, and went a step further by urging the EJS to overturn the Belgian court’s order.

Both the filtering system, designed to be applicable on a “systematic, universal, permanent and perpetual basis”, as well as the blocking mechanism were not equipped with adequate safeguards, claimed the Advocate General according to a report published on The Telegraph.

In the mean time, the government is believed to be brokering a negotiation process between the Internet Service Providers and the music industry with the view of introducing a voluntary agreement, which would be free from the demands of enforcing the Digital Economy Act.

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