Zeman signed a law against the spread of terrorist content on the Internet

Zeman signed a law against the spread of terrorist content on the Internet

Zeman signed a law against the š´ of terrorist content on the Internet

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Prague – Police officers will be able to order Czech and European lessors of servers for websites to make possible terrorist content unavailable. This will be, for example, footage of a terrorist attack or recordings of executions. This is assumed by the government bill against the spread of terrorist content online, which was signed by President Miloš Zeman today. The Castle informed about his signature. The law will enter into force on the 15th day after publication in the collection.

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The draft law followed the European Union's regulation on combating the spread of terrorist content online. “From the point of view of the Czech Republic, the national dissemination of terrorist content in the digital environment is not a fundamental security problem,” the explanatory report states. Minister of the Interior Vít Rakušan (STAN) previously stated that terrorist content is very rare in the Czech online environment, but the reality is quite different in other European countries.

According to the Ministry of the Interior, the regulation is rather a tool for possible worsening of the situation or if Czech providers are misused for the dissemination of content that has been removed in other EU states. The law only applies to publicly disseminated content, not private communications. According to the draft, the police will evaluate whether the content is terroristic according to the law.

Foreign orders will be reviewed by the Ministry of the Interior according to the law. Administrative supervision of the preventive measures implemented by hosting service providers will be carried out by the Telecommunications Authority, which will also deal with offenses against the law. The provider commits an offense, for example, if it does not remove terrorist content, disable access to it, or does not apply special measures after being exposed to terrorist content.