InternetNZ gets say on censorship

InternetNZ has at last had the chance to make an oral submission to the government administration select committee inquiry on the Films, Videos and Publications Classification Act.

InternetNZ has at last had the chance to make an oral submission to the government administration select committee inquiry on the Films, Videos and Publications Classification Act.

Crucial points of the inquiry refer to appropriate controls on New Zealand access to online content that may be illegal.

New Zealand’s internet body missed an initial deadline for submissions and an extension, under the last government. When the inquiry was reconvened under the new government, the committee indicated that no more submissions would be accepted.

But InternetNZ executive director Sue Leader confirmed last week that the organisation would have its day in the committee room.

Last week was spent canvassing suggestions from members on the points to be presented. The submission was made on Thursday.

Written submissions within the initial deadline did not include any from the IT industry, despite the potential consequences for IT-using companies, particularly ISPs, of stricter or looser laws.

Some submissions raise the question of whether ISPs should or could be made liable for legally “objectionable” content distributed or accessible through their servers.

Commercial IT departments may also have to factor any new provisions into their monitoring of employee internet use.

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