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Criminalize websites that refuse to delete terrorist content, say MEPs

Peter Sayer | Nov. 26, 2015
The European Parliament wants to make the managers of Internet companies criminally responsible if they don't take down illegal terrorist content promptly on demand

MEPs voted to give EC3 more resources for detecting and tackling online threats, and also to reorganize the EU's Situation Centre (SitCen) and the Intelligence Centre (IntCen) and make them work with the EU's Anti-Terrorism Coordinator.

That vote highlights just what a mess things are in, as SitCen and IntCen are actually one and the same body: SitCen changed its name to IntCen in 2012.

Other information-exchange measures voted by the MEPs included pushing for the speedy completion of an EU directive on retention of airline passenger name records by year-end. That issue has been dragging on for years.

There's a host of other databases that MEPs want linked together, including the Schengen Information System (SIS) used to track visitors to the Schengen Area, composed of EU member states that have abolished internal border controls, and also VIS, which stores information about visas for visitors to this area. There's also Europol’s secure information exchange network application (SIENA) and Europol's 'Focal Point Travellers' focusing on European citizens who have been radicalized.

 

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