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Verplicht Europees internetfilter van de baan

Gisteravond is er in Brussel gestemd over een mogelijke verplichting tot het filteren en blokkeren van afbeeldingen van misbruik van kinderen op internet. De commissie Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs heeft nu tegen de verplichting gestemd.

In het persbericht Delete child pornography web pages across the EU, says Civil Liberties Committee staat:

Child pornography or child abuse material on the web must be removed at source in all EU countries, said the Civil Liberties Committee on Monday, in amendments to proposed new EU rules to prevent abuse, stiffen penalties, and protect victims. Where removal is impossible, e.g. because pages are hosted outside the EU, Member States may still "prevent access" to this material, in line with their national laws, MEPs added, so no Member State will be prevented from blocking sites.

Should removal at source prove impossible (e.g. because the state where servers are hosted is unwilling to co-operate or because its procedure for removing the material from servers is particularly long), Member States "may take the necessary measures in accordance with national legislation to prevent access to such content in their territory", say MEPs. The adopted amendment therefore in no way prevents any Member State from blocking sites, in line with its national law.

National measures preventing access "must be set by transparent procedures and provide adequate safeguards, in particular to ensure that the restriction is limited to what is necessary and proportionate, and that users are informed of the reason for the restriction", MEPs say. Content providers and users must also be informed of the possibility to appeal, and to whom to appeal, under a judicial redress procedure, they add.