Sources have revealed that Estonia, the current holder of EU presidency, is urging other member states to back a form of internet filtering as replacement for the “link tax” proposal the union was considering in the past.
Criticized as “intrusive” by many and compared to the kind of censorship implemented by China, Estonia is actively pushing for a proposal that will compel websites to install upload filters that will scan user uploaded content against copyrighted works. Experts say this would burden websites as they would have to scan all kinds of content, even personal data.
Countries including Belgium, the Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, and the Netherlands have already voiced their concerns on how the move would violate freedom of expression and personal data protection.
Source: Bleeping Computer