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December 04, 2013

Get a court order, says Open Rights Group

David Cameron's Extremism Taskforce today announced that the government wants UK Internet Service Providers to help to block websites it deems are hosting illegal material.


They say that they the Taskforce will:

"work with internet companies to restrict access to terrorist material online which is hosted overseas but illegal under UK law" 

Jim Killock, Executive Director of the Open Rights Group, said:

"The government must use court orders if it wants sites 'blocked'. It is absolutely essential to use the courts so someone independent makes the decision. 

"However, blocking is not an effective policy. It is trivially evaded using common tools like proxies, VPNs or Tor. The real beneficiaries of this policy may be the extremists who can claim to be censored because of their views."