Conroy goes on the attack after US steps in

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Stephen ConroySenator Stephen Conroy has gone onto the attack as news that the US State Department has said that it has an issue with its internet censorship plan, with the target placed on Google – who recently pulled its localised search engine after failing to get approval to stop censoring search engines – by highlighting its policies on content, privacy and censorship.

“Notwithstanding their alleged do no evil policy, they recently created something called Buzz and there was a, a reaction and people said, well, look aren’t you publishing private information?” Mr Conroy told the ABC.

“So when people say shouldn’t we just leave it up to, you know, the Googles of this world to determine what the filtering policy should be. And make mistake, anybody who wants to go onto Google’s sites now and look up their filtering policy, will actually find they filter more material and a broader range of topics than we are proposing to put forward.”

Google, a staunch opponent for the Government’s internet filter plan, said in a statement to the ABC that they “were surprised” at what the Communications Minister said.

“This is a debate about freedom of access to information for all Australians, an issue of national importance. Let’s focus on that,” a spokeswoman said.

While Google said that it doesn’t support the filter because the scope was too wide, others have attacked that the filter blacklist would be hidden and outside the Freedom of Information Act and saying it will not work, especially with child pornography perpetrators as they would look to another method. Conroy has refused to make the list public because it would defeat the purpose of having the blacklist.