BT and TalkTalk willing to fight Digital Economy Act

BT and TalkTalk are taking their opposition to the Digital Economy Act to the High Court, after both companies filed papers asking for a judicial review of the controversial act.

The Act, which was rushed through at the tail-end of the Labour's government and has subsequently been acted upon by Ofcom, has aroused massive criticism and now BT and TalkTalk are prepared to fight the good fight.

Although it's not clear if they are doing so because they are concerned for the rights of the everyday man, or whether, in fact, they are more concerned that they'll have to splash out on new technology to monitor users downloads only to find that existing EU laws prevent the act from ever actually being enforced.

BT's CEO Gavin Patterson did claim the action was on behalf of the people though:

"It’s disappointing that we feel the need to take action but we feel we have no choice. We have to do this for our customers who otherwise run the risk of being treated unfairly.  

"Our dispute is not with the current Government but with the previous administration which pushed this through without due process. We need clarity about whether this legislation is compatible with important EU laws."

It is reported that many MPs are against the act, including deputy-PM Nick Clegg, who indicated that a repeal of the Digital Economy Act is top of the public's wish list.

Is it top of you wish list? Do you think the Digital Economy Act was rushed through and, as a result, falls down on a number of issues? Or, do you believe that unless you're not behaving yourself online then you've got nothing to worry about? Give us your thoughts on all things DEA using the comments below.

 

“It’s disappointing that we feel the need to take action but we feel we have no choice. We have to do this for our customers who otherwise run the risk of being treated unfairly.

“Our dispute is not with the current Government but with the previous administration which pushed this through without due process. We need clarity about whether this legislation is compatible with important EU laws.”