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European Parliament value individual privacy more than copyright

MEPs have voted against plans to ban internet users who share copyright files from the internet; ISPs and governments did propose a three-strike plan whereby ISPs should monitor customers and cutting users from their internet access if thrice found guilty of exchanging copyrighted material - software, movies, audio files.

In a classical rebuttal of the plans, MEP said that preventing web users to access the net is tantamount to a violation of their "civil liberties and human rights".

Speaking to the BBC, a European Parliament spokeswoman said that "The vote shows that MEPs want to strike a balance between the interests of rights holders and those of consumers, and that big measures like cutting off internet access shouldn't be used".

The vote is not binding in nature and governments are free to implement their own antipiracy plans, a balancing act, that should see the British Phonographic Industry square off with the UK Internet Service Providers who vehemently reject any plans to monitor and track their users (Ed : except when it brings them money - like Phorm).

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.