Peru Proposes Default Internet Censorship Requiring Opt-in To View Pornography
from the wonder-where-they-got-that-idea-from dept
Techdirt has run a number of posts about David Cameron's dangerous plans to apply default online censorship and make porn opt-in in the UK, supposedly to "protect the children". Now it looks like Peru is following suit (original in Spanish):
The Bill No. 2511/2012-CR (pdf) introduced by Congressman Omar Chehade and the Nationalist caucus raises serious questions about individual freedoms in Peru. The project aims to establish a national system of mandatory filters for all Internet providers to prevent access to pages with pornographic content. This filter would be applied by default to all users of the Internet and the only way around it would be by expressly asking the operator [to turn it off]. To do this, a group of representatives from public bodies would be responsible for determining what content would be subject to censorship. Thus, the proposal seeks to protect minors from access to pornographic sites.
It's not clear whether the Congressman was directly inspired by Cameron, but it seems quite likely, given the close similarity of the two schemes. And we've seen how bad ideas for Internet laws have a tendency to spread rapidly among politicians, notably in the case of France's "three-strikes" approach, which was taken up by the UK, South Korea, New Zealand and the US (albeit in a modified form). If more of these "for the children" censorship bills requiring opt-in to porn start turning up in the near future, we'll know whose fault it is....