French Sites Blocking Law Came into EffectAdded: Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
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France has recently introduced a new legislation allowing the government to block terrorism-related or child abuse websites. The law was brought in by revisions to 2011’s Loppsi Act and an anti-terror bill, but it can be used by the police to force French ISPs to block websites within 24 hours without a court order.
The blocked websites will redirect to a page from the Interior Ministry, containing a description of why the action was taken. The law also says that the sites should be checked regularly to make sure the block is still appropriate. The good part of this move is that costs incurred by the broadband providers over such blockage can be recovered from the French government. On the other hand, the websites can appeal the blockage if they have sufficient grounds to do so.
However, the law in question was criticized by the free-speech groups, who claim that the new law establishes the administrative censorship for Internet content. Thus, the country again circumvents the judicial power, betraying the separation of powers in limiting the freedom of speech. They also point out that website filtering has always been ineffective, because the blockage can be easily circumvented. Moreover, these measures are disproportionate due to the risk of over-blocking the lawful content on the same sites.
It should be noted that the United Kingdom also blocks websites for similar reasons – the country has an agreement between Internet service providers and government based upon the system used to keep child abuse content off the Internet. In the meantime, UK media companies are also able to force the blockage of websites infringing their copyright through the Internet service providers, but only if they have a court order.
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Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
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