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UK's Anti-filesharing Bill Could Breach Human Righ

Grumbleduke (789126) writes | more than 4 years ago

The Internet 1

Grumbleduke (789126) writes "The UK Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights has recently reported on the controversial Digital Economy Bill which seeks to restrict the connections of anyone accused of infringing copyright using the internet. According to the BBC, the committee noted the lack of details in the Bill as it stands, asking for "further information" from the government on several issues. They also raised concerns that some punishments under the bill could be "applied in a disproportionate manner" and said that the powers the bill granted to the Secretary of State (i.e. Lord Mandelson) were "overly broad". These echo the concerns raised in recent months by the Open Rights Group, a consortium of web companies including Facebook, Google, Yahoo and eBay and the UK's Pirate Party.

The Bill is currently being scrutinised by the House of Lords and if it passes there, will likely be forced through the Commons quickly, despite the opposition from the public, industry and members of parliament. The committee's full report can be found on the parliament website, here."

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I hereby accuse Mandelson of listening to music.. (1)

AzuMao (1739212) | more than 4 years ago | (#31045436)

..that he didn't pay for. Uh-oh! Does that mean he can't use the Internet anymore? Or is the government above its own laws in the UK too?

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