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Internet Police: London Signs Warn Against Accessing “Extremist” Material
Posted By admin On May 5, 2010 @ 10:30 am In Featured Stories,News In Focus,Steve Watson Articles | Comments Disabled
Threat of criminal charges for viewing “inappropriate” material
Wednesday, May 5th, 2010
Police signs have begun springing up in internet cafes in London warning users that they could be reported to the police and face criminal charges if they access “extremist”, “offensive” or “inappropriate” material.
The signs, which state that the owners of the premises are actively working with the Metropolitan police, have drawn criticism due to their vagueness and questionable legality.
“Downloading or accessing certain material could constitute a criminal offence” states the bright pink sign (pictured below).
Equally, by what authority do they co-opt, whether by persuasion, bullying (“You aren’t refusing to cooperate with the police are you Mr Internet Cafe Owner, are you?”) Internet cafes into joining such a self defined and vague scheme?
I think the Internet cafe should be asked by its users for Data Subject Access records, just to be sure.
We have previously reported  on filtering and blocking of all kinds of political websites including Prisonplanet.com in public domains in both the UK and the US. This type of catch all censorship creep is part of an ongoing agenda to use legitimate concerns such child pornography to regulate and control the internet as a whole.
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