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posted by cmn32480 on Thursday September 01 2016, @02:31AM   Printer-friendly
from the be-responsible-for-your-own-security dept.

Net neutrality is a hot topic, apparently.

When BEREC, the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications, launched a six week public consultation on the issue this June, they sure as heck didn't expect 481,547 responses. Somewhat miraculously, they managed to sift, analyze and classify through all of them in another 6 weeks. That's 16,051 requests, and a couple of paragraphs, for the mathematically challenged amongst you, per day. Which makes for a first observation: European holidays aren't what they're presumed to be, anymore.

Second observation: the turd of an end product is a whopping mere 45 pages, which you will no doubt be delighted to read in a jiffy.

And third, final observation: something funny on page 20 [para 78]:

By way of example, ISPs should not block, slow down, alter, restrict, interfere with, degrade or discriminate advertising when providing an IAS, unless the conditions of the exceptions a), b) or c) are met in a specific case.

To give some context: at least one telecom provider in the EU is toying with the idea of attracting customers by doing the ad-blocking for them. This little para does block this as a general business practice. There is, however, a small opening though, in exception (b) mentioned (grey area, Article 3(3) (b), page 21):

(b) preserve the integrity and security of the network, of services provided via that network, and of the terminal equipment of end-users;

If malware can be associated with a particular ad provider, the published guidelines allow blocking of all its ads from the telecom provider's network.


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  • (Score: 0, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 01 2016, @05:20AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 01 2016, @05:20AM (#396039)

    China censors the internet, nerds scream, "THAT'S JUST EVIL!"
    Europe censors the internet, nerds say, "Cool, thanks!"

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 01 2016, @07:11AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 01 2016, @07:11AM (#396065)

    At least they are fucking. Unlike you.

  • (Score: 2) by fido_dogstoyevsky on Thursday September 01 2016, @07:13AM

    by fido_dogstoyevsky (131) <{axehandle} {at} {gmail.com}> on Thursday September 01 2016, @07:13AM (#396066)

    China censors the internet, nerds scream, "THAT'S JUST EVIL!"
    Europe removes the need for adblockers, nerds say, "Cool, thanks!"

    ftfy

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    It's NOT a conspiracy... it's a plot.
    • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 01 2016, @08:29AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 01 2016, @08:29AM (#396095)

      Look, asshole, an ISP does not get to censor my content. When I detect an ISP is modifying my content in any way, I cancel my service and go elsewhere. I have before, and I will again.

      I choose which ads I want to block. Absolutely no one makes that choice for me. Not ever.

      Also, FUCK. YOU.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 01 2016, @02:42PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 01 2016, @02:42PM (#396181)

        Please be on the lookout for an ad that says "By Felicia". The rest of us won't see it due to our real ad blockers (and not our faux outrage ad blockers that, ironically, don't block faux outrage).

      • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Thursday September 01 2016, @05:15PM

        by DeathMonkey (1380) on Thursday September 01 2016, @05:15PM (#396272) Journal

        A possibly interesting point lost in the noise of douchiness. Alas...