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Gordon Kelly


Pressure Mounts On The Digital Economy Act

If you're a regular reader of TrustedReviews you'll know the Digital Economy Act is of great interest to us and if you've ever used the Internet it should be for you too. Thankfully this legislation which is both rotten to the core and a fundamental breach of human rights is coming under increasing pressure...

The back end of last week saw BT and TalkTalk announce they have filed papers with the High Court asking for a judicial review. They (rightly) claim provisions in the Act received insufficient scrutiny before being rushed through in the so-called 'Wash Up' legislative period at the end of the last parliament.

"It’s disappointing that we feel the need to take action but we feel we have no choice. We have to do this for our customers who otherwise run the risk of being treated unfairly," said BT Retail CEO Gavin Patterson. "Our dispute is not with the current Government but with the previous administration which pushed this through without due process. We need clarity about whether this legislation is compatible with important EU laws."

"The Digital Economy Act's measures will cost the UK hundreds of millions and many people believe they are unfair, unwarranted and won't work," added TalkTalk chairman Charles Dunstone. "We think the previous Government's rushed approach resulted in flawed legislation. That’s why we need a Judicial Review by the High Court as quickly as possible before lots of money is spent on implementation."

Dunstone also points out new deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has already called for the Act's repeal. In April Clegg admitted:

"We did our best to prevent the Digital Economy Bill being rushed through at the last moment. It badly needed more debate and amendment, and we are extremely worried that it will now lead to completely innocent people having their internet connections cut off. It was far too heavily weighted in favour of the big corporations and those who are worried about too much information becoming available. It badly needs to be repealed, and the issues revisited."

Why is everyone, including us, so concerned about the #debill as it became known on Twitter? Go hide behind the couch, cover your eyes, peak through your fingers and read on...

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