Germany to order ISPs to filter child porn sites

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German officials are said to be soon asking internet service providers in Germany to filter websites that they deem offensive, in order to stop the spread of child pornography on the internet, according to German news magazine Der Spiegel (link is in German).

It will also work with search engines, including Google, to create a blacklist that would not show any sites listed there on the results page on Google. This is a similar move that it, along with France, with neo-Nazi and Holocaust denial material, as it is illegal in Germany.

Ursula von der Leyen, the Family Minister in Germany, has admitted, however, that she could not comment on what other politicians do with the censorship technology that would be in place to filter the content.

The deals are said to be expected to finish in about six to eight weeks, according to Google Blogoscoped.

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