Feeds

Germany: still nein to Nazi sites

Still a touchy subject

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

An administrative court in Germany has upheld a ban on access to Nazi content targeted at German ISPs based in the state of North Rhine Westphalia. The court ruled that the cross-border character of the web "cannot undermine powers vested to the Federal states".

According to ComputerWeekly, an unidentified ISP had sought to reverse an order issued by the Düsseldorf district authority preventing Germany-based ISPs from granting access to foreign servers hosting neo-Nazi material.

In 2001, North Rhine Westphalia issued a controversial ban on websites with neo-Nazi information, with 76 ISPs in the state affected. The ISPs were ordered not to allow users access to such sites, no matter where the servers are located. Some providers appealed to a higher state court and threatened to leave North Rhine Westphalia for other German states that don't impose such restrictions.

German law makes spreading Nazi ideology on the web a crime. ISPs can be prosecuted for hosting illegal content if they do so knowingly. However, only North Rhine Westphalia has adopted the blocking order. After the 2002 ruling, many German Nazi sites moved their material to US-hosted servers. ®

Related stories

German fined for publishing neo-Nazi web links
German police blitz music-swap neo-Nazis
US judge's Nazi Net ruling turns worldwide law on its head

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!
Grim diversity numbers dumped alongside Facebook earnings
HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
Bose says today IS F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales
Investors really hate it: Share price plunge as growth SLOWS in key AWS division
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.