The courtroom wrestling over the UK’s Digital Economy Act ain’t over just yet. ISPs BT and TalkTalk have announced plans to appeal last month’s High Court ruling against their challenge to the legislation. The appeal will focus on four of the five grounds covered in the case. “These relate to the EU’s Technical Standards Directive, the Authorisation Directive, the E-Commerce Directive and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive,” explains a statement from BT and TalkTalk. “BT and TalkTalk believe the DEA is not consistent with these directives.” However, they have grudgingly accepted defeat on the fifth part of the ruling – whether the DEA flouts EU rules on proportionality. “Both companies continue to take the view that the regime represents a disproportionate interference with the rights of internet service providers, subscribers and internet users and with the concept of freedom of expression. They recognise, however, the Court’s view that there is an exceptionally high threshold to show that this legislation was not a proportionate response prior to the code of practice being published and have concluded not to pursue leave to appeal on this ground.” Source: The Register

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