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EU rules against UK's 'porn filters,' David Cameron vows to replace them

By dkpope
Oct 30, 2015
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  1. New legislation out of the European Union has implications for the porn filters established by Prime Minister David Cameron. The Independent UK reports that the ruling requires that all Internet providers treat online traffic the same, so say goodbye to blocking access to specific content, such as porn. This is from the same ruling that proposes fast and slow Internet lanes.

    The UK implemented porn filters back in 2013 which required Internet users to opt in if they wished to view pornographic or highly violent content. Otherwise, sites with such content would be automatically blocked.

    For those who liked the old way, enjoy the last few minutes of filter-filled bliss: The ruling will come into effect before the end of the year. Proponents of the ruling say it is a step in the right net neutrality direction, and others say it won’t really change anything.

    This no filter development is part of a larger ruling that’s meant to get rid of roaming charges throughout Europe. A quote from the ruling says that all internet traffic must be treated “equally, without discrimination, restriction or interference” regardless of the “content accessed or distributed.” The only exception to the rule is for illegal websites.

    But David Cameron won't rest. The Daily Mail reports that he has said he will champion a new law to keep the porn filters in place.

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  2. RustyTech

    RustyTech TS Guru Posts: 865   +434

    Oh those poor pigs!! /s
     
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  3. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,536   +2,332

    "This is not the kink you're looking for... You can go about your business... Move along."
     
  4. ETF Soldier

    ETF Soldier TS Guru Posts: 377   +81

    I had no idea that the filtering had come into effect, clearly my dad opted in (which is a disturbing thought).
    Still with the mentioning of the fast and slow lane things, if it is as they proposed then it's not an issue against net neutrality anyway - there are already dedicated lines for certain services anyway, now they are just becoming virtual to run over the public internet for cheaper and more widely available use.
     
  5. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,917   +683

    If you have a business line, it doesn't apply, if you signed up with your provider before it came into effect in 2013, it won't apply.

    It only applied on new Home Lines from 2013 onwards.
     
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,475   +2,033

    Just wait until Cameron's mistresses start complaining of headaches all the time then he'll quickly do an about face on the filter law.
     
  7. ETF Soldier

    ETF Soldier TS Guru Posts: 377   +81

    Oh right, I thought it was automatically applied to everyone's line. OK, that makes more sense. xD
     
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  8. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,181   +528

    Ok, so how do they define illegal websites?

    ugh, I've been hanging around lawyers for too long.
     
  9. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,309   +56

    Now you'll get more viruses than aids. Told you the aids cure tho.
     
  10. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,536   +2,332

    See the sixth revision of paragraph 4 of subsection 3 under "unlawful websites, services, and media."
     
  11. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,181   +528

    in the legal world, that is still vague.
     

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