by Mike Masnick
Fri, Dec 18th 2009 2:39pm
There have been lots of complaints about Peter Mandelson's "Digital Economy Bill" in the UK, which, beyond pushing a three strikes policy on the UK, would also grant Mandelson (or whomever he or future Business Secretaries deputize) the power to automatically change copyright law at will with no oversight. Scary enough, but it gets worse. As everyone's been focused on these clauses, they may have missed another scary one. Brian points out that another section, Section 124H, would also grant the Secretary of State the power to silently block access to any websites he dislikes. Yes, it would allow the Secretary of State to create a no-visit list that ISPs would have to block. And there would be no oversight (again). Oh, and it's not just websites. The order could be used for something like "block all BitTorrent" traffic. Seems like a bit much, doesn't it?
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