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EU sanctions 'three strikes' rule for illegal file sharers
The European Union has finally agreed the last details of the Telecom Reform Package, and decided that citizens' internet access can be restricted if necessary, but only after a "fair and impartial procedure including the user's right to be heard".
Cases where it may be considered necessary to restrict internet access include suspected terrorism, child pornography or copyright violation, according to a spokeswoman for the European Parliament.
The ruling will mean that the UK government's plans to introduce a 'three strikes' rule to tackle illegal downloading, where the cost of enforcement will fall largely on internet service providers, will go ahead as planned.