Can "blocking software" companies be sued?
This is interesting. The Register
(a respected if somewhat snide computer industry online rag) has somehow managed to land on Cyber Patrol's block list as a "sex site". Now they're conducting something called an ABCe audit
and they're making nasty noises about "restraint of trade". Which makes me wonder if they're thinking "lawsuit".
The blocking-software companies have been using rather broad brushes in making their blocking lists. Although some claim that any site they block is checked by a human first, with thousands of new sites appearing every day there simply isn't any way. Peacefire
has documented hundreds of sites which were blocked inappropriately. I am pretty certain that under US law that blockees have no recourse -- but perhaps the law in the EU is different. Anyone over there care to comment? Is it plausible that an "ABCe audit" could result in a lawsuit? (I'd really love
to see a few high profile big-bucks lawsuits here.)
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Mar 8, 2001 -