Lower House votes against Internet filtering in new gambling law

Jul

6

2016

The Lower House on Tuesday voted against an Internet filter, which was part of an amendment to the law on gambling. This change had made it possible to oblige providers to block traffic to illegal foreign gambling sites.

Through an amendment of D66 is the filter, consisting of IP and DNS blockades, fell through. The PvdA and the VVD saw leading up to the vote no point in the blockade of the bill . Therefore there appeared to be a large majority during the debate on the proposal to introduce an internet filter. The parliamentary parties were referring then also to the blockade of The Pirate Bay, which was found not to be effective.

So did the Secretary for Security and Justice, Klaas Dijkhoff, during the debate that such a blockade would be easy to circumvent, writes civil rights organization Bits of Freedom. The organization is positive about the outcome of the ballot, because ensuring a reliable Internet by the removal of the filter. This is good for innovation and economic growth, but more important for the protection of the freedoms of citizens, as the organization adds.

In 2013 voted the European parliament also wanted to block illegal gambling sites.

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