Porn Website Block: ISPs not ready to unblock the blocked websites as the directive is imprecise

By August 6th, 2015 AT 6:01 PM

In a dramatic turn in porn website block, the internet service providers (ISPs) has decided not to unblock any of the 857 blocked websites, even after the Government’s order to do so, reports Hindustan Times. The reason cited is that the directive circulated to unblock websites is unclear, as it asks the ISPs to unblock only those websites that do not feature child pornography. However, the task of detecting which websites feature child pornography lies in with the ISPs.

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“We submit that direction given is very vague and un-implementable … we urge you to withdraw the said directive as it is not only confusing but also putting responsibility on ISPs (internet service providers) on which ISPs does not have control,” a letter to the telecom secretary from Rajesh Chharia, president of the Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI), said.

The association with more than 50 members, including telecom service providers, has decided not to enable any of the banned sites till further directive (from the government) the ISPs are keeping said 857 URLs disabled,” the letter said.

The Department of Telecom (DoT) blocked 857 pornography websites after a commentary from Court for a PIL filed. However, the action created a huge uproar as many accused Government for entering into the right of privacy of people. The uproar led the Government to modify the directive, in a way that it asked ISPs to block only those with child pornography.

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