New EU Legislation on Terrorist Content

October 12, 2016

Balancing counterterrorism with digital rights continues to be a point of discussion. An article, EU parliament pushes ahead with plans to block, remove terrorist content online from Ars Technica reiterates the . Now, national authorities are required to ensure action are taken to remove illegal content hosted from within their territory that “constitutes public incitement to commit a terrorist offence”. If this is not feasible, they may take the necessary measures to block access to such content. Parliament’s chief negotiator, German MEP Monika Hohlmeier’s perspective is shared,

Hohlmeier said that the proposal strikes the right balance between security on the one hand and data protection and freedom of expression on the other. “It’s not so much a question of whether terrorists are using particular ways to hide on the Internet, or encryption, but they very often have perfect propaganda machinery. Our approach is to try to close websites, and if this is not possible to block these Internet websites,” she said. She added that enhanced cooperation was needed between police and justice authorities as well as private actors.

European digital rights organisation EDRi asserts that speed of action is taking undue priority over “legislation fit for the purpose.” Perhaps there is an opportunity for cyber security technology developed by justice authorities and the private sector to hit the mark on balancing the fine line between censorship and counterterrorism.

Megan Feil, October 12, 2016
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