UK Gov't Official: Innocent People Won't Get Kicked Off The Internet; Trust Us

from the we're-from-the-gov't-and-we're-here-to-help-Hollywood dept

With all of the concern over the proposed bill in the UK to kick file sharers off the internet based on accusations (not convictions), some have been raising concerns about innocent users kicked off the internet. Culture Minister Sion Simon has hit back at those claims insisting that the innocent won't be kicked offline. Really. Trust us. Or something like that. The main reason he claims that it won't impact the innocent is because multiple letters will be sent and there will be an "appeals" process. Of course, that ignores the fact that this could still be quite a disruption in someone's life. If they're falsely accused, they risk losing their internet access and have to fight an appeal? That could be costly in terms of both time and money. And, of course, we've already seen, with other similar threats, that the warning letters sometimes get sent to the wrong address or wrong person and get ignored entirely.

Filed Under: innocent, sion simon, three strikes, uk


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  1. identicon
    Gordon, 12 Nov 2009 @ 5:17pm

    Re: Re: What rights do you think you have?

    And you posted that comment how?

    Oh yeah through an ISP. Did it one of three ways probably,

    At work on their network in which case you should probably go back to work and just shut your hole. I'm sure they don't pay you to troll Techdirt.

    At home on a wireless network somebody else pays for in which case you should get your own and stop freeloading on their dime.

    Or you are in fact on the ISP you pay for....in which case I'll see you out in the field eating.

    Have a day.

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