Danish opposition wants to abandon the illegal medicine site blocking
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A majority outside the Danish government parties proposes to abandon blocking access to websites selling illegal medicine. The law (a new revision of the laws regulating selling of medicine etc.) allowing blocking of these sites was passed in May 2011.
Since that time, only one website 24hdiet.com, was blocked and new domains selling the same products as 24hdiet quickly appeared (e.g. 24hdiet.net).
Now, laws regulating the sale of medicine are being revised again to implement EU directive 2011/62/EU.
Enhedslisten party proposed an amendment to the revision to abandon the blocking. The proposal is a result of Enhedslisten spokeswoman, Stine Brix who started the debate on an Etherpad. Questions put to the government were formulated on the Etherpad where and the text of the amendment to abandon the blocking appeared first.
There is a majority in the parliament against the blocking from the parties of the previous government that introduced it. The spokeswoman for opposition party Venstre, the biggest party in the Parliament, explains that they have expected the blocking to work, but it turned out not to be effective and now she wants to focus on customs and international cooperation.
The spokesman for the Social Democrats (Government Party), Flemming Møller Mortensen, said to Information that something had to be done, that was more than a signal, something that they can believe it works. "Because it is really difficult with all the things that can be done on the Internet across borders".
This is just about one kind of blocking. For example the blocking of gambling sites is still in effect.
But maybe the tide is finally turning in Denmark.
DNS-censoring Illegal Pharmaceutical Vendors - 24hdiet.com Blocked
Rollback of DNS Blocking (only in Danish)
Majority outside the Government will remove net-blocking for medicine
pages (only in Danish, 27.11.2012)
(Contribution by Niels Elgaard Larsen EDRi member IT Pol - Denmark)