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A new law to filter out damaging website content,
approved by the Knesset, will require Internet service providers and cellular
phone companies to supply customers with free software for removing sites that
insult or damages the public. The private member’s bill was initiated by MKs
Alex Miller, Robert Ilatov, Moshe Matalon, David Rotem, Orly Levy Abecassis and
According to the law, Web content that includes
sexual relations; abuse, scorn or abasement; incitement to violence or racism;
or gambling will require Internet service providers (ISPs) to inform subscribers
of the dangers and how to protect themselves.
MIRS regulation director
Liron Goldenberg said the companies – both Internet and cellular phone companies
will send leaflets to post boxes or electronic mailboxes at least once a year.
He asked that the law be implemented regarding cellular phone companies for half
a year after the legislation was approved to prepare for implementation. Miller
said he is ready to agree to delays, but only for three months; his view was
A Knesset Committee for Children’s Rights legal adviser asked
that ISPs offer all customers filtering programs. But if the companies have to
supply the service on demand, there is concern that they will only do the
minimum, that will be of little use to customers, she said.
will be allowed for these services.
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