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TalkTalk has welcomed the introduction of new European Union (EU) regulations which could stop the government's plans to disconnect illegal filesharers.

The broadband provider revealed it has consulted with lawyers over the continent-wide agreement, which it is thought now means a court order would be required if firms are to cut off those who illegally download music and films.

At the present, the UK government hopes to introduce plans which would see such moves made without any court action or process.

Discussing the findings, TalkTalk's regulation and strategy director Andrew Heaney said the government should "respect the spirit" of the EU regulations.

He also said that plans to "disconnect users without a proper judicial process" were "draconian".

TalkTalk recently launched the Don't Disconnect Us campaign to highlight the potential dangers of introducing plans to cut off broadband users without a trial.

The company claimed many households that are vulnerable to Wi-Fi hijacking could be wrongly accused of such practices due to the proposals.

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