Major German online companies agree to block child porn websites

Author: Deutsche Welle, Published on: 17 April 2009

Five of Germany's eight major internet service providers - Deutsche Telekom's T-Online, Vodafone's Arcor, Kabel Deutschland, Telefonica's O2 and Alice's Hansenet - signed the legally binding agreement with the government and the Federal Crime Office…agreeing to install software to block consumer access to child pornography sites…consumers attempting to click on blacklisted websites are to be automatically redirected to a red stop sign…Notably absent in the agreement are 1&1, Freenet…They say they do not want to take the risk of breaching the telecommunications secrecy law by blocking child pornography sites. They also argue that they only provide the technical capacity to distribute information and are not responsible for content that flows through their networks. Limiting access to information is a sensitive subject in Germany because of its Nazi past and East German Communist rule…

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