Filter out websites with greater ease

New Worlds: New Knesset law will require Internet service providers to prove software for removing potentially offensive websites to customers.

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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 Fanya Kirschenbaum.
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 approved.
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.
No charge will be allowed for these services.