Calls for ISPs to filter content could be illegal, EU council documents suggest

Last week justice ministers from across the European Union called on ISPs to conduct voluntary censorship of online content—but documents in preparation for a meeting of telecoms ministers suggest such a move could be illegal. The documents, prepared by the Latvian presidency of the Council of the EU, note that calls to allow Internet service providers to block or filter content in the “public interest” as part of a proposed net neutrality law could violate privacy laws that protect the confidentiality of communication.

Country: EU

Domains: Privacy IG

Stakeholder: European Bodies

Tags: net neutrality, privacy violation, public interest, confidentiality of communication, ISP, Internet, EU documents, censorship

Posted on Wednesday 21 January 2015

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