Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Tory Wants Internet Censorship

This written question from Hansard (my emphasis):

(Tory) Mr Amess To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 6 September 2010, Official Report, column 371W, on internet regulation, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require internet providers to divulge the contact details of persons who leave derogatory or insulting comments about others on internet sites; what recent representations he has received on this issue; and if he will make a statement.

The reply:
(Tory) Mr Vaizey The Government are not proposing to bring forward legislative proposals that would require internet service providers (ISPs) to reveal the contact details of persons who might have left derogatory or insulting remarks about others on internet sites.

My MP does sometimes do something right then. The original question is here:

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring forward proposals to require internet providers to identify individuals who leave derogatory or insulting comments about others on internet sites; under what legislation the internet in the United Kingdom is regulated; what changes are proposed; and if he will make a statement. [12226]

Mr Vaizey: United Kingdom law, including the laws of defamation and libel, does not differentiate between the online and offline environment. What is unlawful offline is unlawful online. Citizens who believe they have suffered derogatory or insulting comments online are able to take civil action to seek redress...

And surprise surprise it has an EU element:

...The Government have issued a Call for Evidence on the European Data Protection Directive and the Data Protection Act 1998 to ensure that there are safeguards for people's personal data. The Call for Evidence, which closes on 6 October 2010, will enable interested parties to inform the Government as to the adequacy of the current data protection laws. The information will then be assessed and used to inform the United Kingdom's... position in negotiations on a new EU instrument for data protection. These are expected to commence in 2011.

Mr Amess is a tosspot, and if you want to leave an insulting comment about him here feel free, anonymously if you like.

4 comments:

  1. Mr Amess is definately a tosspot.
    Heres my insulting comment.

    Cunt

    No anonymity here. Mr Amess, you are welcome to comment on my blog whenever you want and leave as much derogatory insults as you want. I don't like censorship.

    Once again

    Cunt

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  2. I wonder what Mr Amess has got to hide?

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  3. FE - Maybe this is what he's got ot hide.

    ""In September 2007 David Amess visited the Maldives, on a trip paid for in part by the government of the Maldives, yet no registration of the trip appears in the Register of Members' Interests........""

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  4. @TFE: Indeed, and as Bucko has excellently spotted quite a bit it appears

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