U.K. government eyes sanctions for file sharers

The U.K. government has made new proposals that would see Internet users disconnected if they are suspected of illicit file-sharing.

The proposals (PDF) were announced on Tuesday by Lord Mandelson’s Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). They arrive in the middle of the department’s own public consultation on legislation on the misuse of peer-to-peer (P2P) technology, which is scheduled to end in September.

“Our thinking on the process supporting the objectives and the obligations [of the consultation] has developed, and we thought it would be helpful to share these thoughts with stakeholders at this point, so that they can take them into account when responding to the consultation,” the government said in a statement.

The new proposals make two major additions to the initial plans. The first is a new sanction against illicit file sharers, which calls on the ISP to suspend the suspected subscriber’s account. Lord Carter discounted this measure as unnecessarily harsh in his Digital Britain report, which kicked off the P2P consultation in June. However, the government now says it is “considering the case for adding suspension of accounts into the list of measures that could be imposed.”

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