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EU rule out internet freedom law

EU rule out internet freedom law

Reuters are reporting that the European Union's media chief Viviane Reding has stated that a Internet Freedom law would be be too difficult ot enforce and is not necessary.

In a meeting at the European Parliament Ms Redding said "Should the EU have specific legislation on Internet freedom? I am not convinced so far that hard law is the best way to deal with the challenge".

There have been calls to set up a dedicated authority aimed at controlling EU based internet hosts and providers but speaking yesterday Redding rejected these calls

I believe that we should not put European companies in an invidious position where their choice appears to be to break the law or leave the market to more unscrupulous operators," Reding said. "Rather, our goal should be to find ways to allow operators and service providers to respect human rights without doing either,"

Governing the internet is a considerable headache for legislators with numerous considerations, problems and jurisdictions to be considered. It is however felt that some sort of guide is required to ensure freedom of speech is maintained whilst still protecting individuals and companies.

U.S. companies have called instead for some sort of code of conduct outlining minimum corporate standards related to Internet freedom. Whilst Ms Redding said that EU money could be used to develop anti-censorship software.

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