Website Blocking In Quebec Faces Potential Legal Action

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A new regulation set up in Quebec to block websites on the internet, has been threatened by the Canadian federal government.Whilst Canadian federal law prohibits the blocking of the internet, Quebec's new 'bill 74' took effect in May in order to block access to a list of online gambling sites.However, this will likely result in court cases between the federal and Quebec governments over Canada's first government-mandated website blocking law.Whilst the bill is currently categorised as 'consumer protection', it will also mean increased revenue for the officially sanctioned gambling sit Espace-Jeux.The site blocking plans are currently run by Loto-Quebec, which is asking all internet providers to comply with disabling access to any gambling site it deems unsuitable, or pay a fine of 100,000 Canadian dollars.

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