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New EU Consumer Protection Law Contains a Vague Website Blocking Clause ( 45

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: The European Union (EU) has voted on Tuesday, November 14, to pass the new Consumer Protection Cooperation regulation, a new EU-wide applicable law that gives extra power to national consumer protection agencies, but which also contains a vaguely worded clause that also grants them the power to block and take down websites without judicial oversight. The new law "establishes overreaching Internet blocking measures that are neither proportionate nor suitable for the goal of protecting consumers and come without mandatory judicial oversight," Member of the European Parliament Julia Reda said in a speech in the European Parliament Plenary during a last ditch effort to amend the law. "According to the new rules, national consumer protection authorities can order any unspecified third party to block access to websites without requiring judicial authorization," Reda added later in the day on her blog. This new law is an EU regulation and not a directive, meaning its obligatory for all EU states, which do not have to individually adopt it.
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New EU Consumer Protection Law Contains a Vague Website Blocking Clause

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    I'm from the government and I'm here to help.

  • From international news, bad move reviews, authors, comments, reviews, images, blasphemy, cartoons, music, art, culture, history, politics, local news?
    The censored internet is going to get very bland and boring. Just big government, political parties and big brands pushing their SJW ideals.
  • by ArhcAngel ( 247594 ) on Thursday November 16, 2017 @06:22PM (#55566167)
    At what temperature does a web site burn?
  • by Anonymous Coward

    I guess if you can't beat them in court, might as well circumvent the law...?

    Yes it's hyperbole, but the point is salient. I'm sure this will be used under the guise of 'copyright enforcement', but I'm sure this will be effectively used across the whole of EU, to silence opposing political opinions.

    This is the kind of thing, we would normally see in response to a significant event happening in Europe. I'd say terrorism, but that is now commonplace in society unfortunately. There is potential this could be a

  • EU does not pass laws. Member states do.
  • by Opportunist ( 166417 ) on Friday November 17, 2017 @05:02AM (#55568213)

    1) Taking down isn't. You're in no position to do that. Morally anyway, and legally in most cases where you simply don't have jurisdiction. Blocking access is enough to protect people.
    2) Blocks you implement are made public, with the site blocked along with the reason why you did it.
    3) I get the right to overrule your decision and put myself in harm's way if I so please.

    After all, you're trying to protect me, right? Not patronize me. You want to keep me safe from Chinese pages trying to steal my money? Awesome. You want to cut access to malware C&C servers? Even better.

    You want to censor opinions you don't like? Not quite a good idea, with the provisions above you will not do it, because you would essentially create a who-is-who database of what you want to censor.

    Can we agree on these three simple rules? Hmm?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Would also create a who-is-who database of all the people who opted out of the censorship, which is only one overbearing law away from being abused as a tool to identify dissenters.

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"