EU internet proposals raise civil liberty fears

Civil liberty groups claim the new “telecoms package” due to go before the European Parliament in September will result in the loss of individual freedom on the internet, and breach the fundamental principles of human rights in Europe.The French and Swedish pressure groups say the new powers will allow national governments to force internet service providers (ISPs) to hand over private information about their customers to the police. They claim three of the 800 amendments to the legislation will take away immunity enjoyed by the ISPs in regard to the material passing through their networks. At worst, the sorts of measures flowing from the legislation in the telecoms package could include a “three strikes and you’re out” sanction to stop users illegally downloading songs or films from the internet.To read this report from The Independent on Sunday in full, see www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/eu-internet-proposals-raise-civil-liberty-fears-877988.html.

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