[LINK] itNews: 'Industry backs 'workable' filter solution'

rene rene.ln at libertus.net
Mon Nov 12 09:52:27 AEDT 2012

On Mon, 12 Nov 2012 08:18:11 +1100, Roger Clarke wrote:
> http://www.itnews.com.au/News/322414,industry-backs-workable-filter-
> solution.aspx
> In its place is legislation compelling internet service providers to
> filter "child abuse websites" featuring on an INTERPOL block list.

There is no legislation "compelling" ISPs to do that, nor any other sort of 

The Minister told ABC AM program on Friday 9 November that ISPs had agreed 
to do so, and he referred to having reached agreement and having 
successfully negotiated with them, about 5 times in an extended audio 
interview on the ABC site.

Also, both the Minister and the AFP have told Senate Estimates Committees 
(in Feb 2012 and Oct 2011) that ISP participation, in the scheme whereby 
the AFP issue a s313 request for "assistance", is voluntary. 

It's voluntary because an s313 request does not of itself compel ISPs to do 
anything (and the relevant law has existed since at least 1997).


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