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Government plans to disconnect broadband users accused of illegal filesharing without court action could create "an Orwellian nightmare", broadband provider TalkTalk has claimed.

Charles Dunstone, Chief Executive Officer of the company, has claimed that the ability for authorities to suspend the accounts of web users without a formal hearing would be damaging for a number of reasons.

On the firm's official blog, he outlined that one of the key problems with the plans is that the method used to detect offenders only identifies the connection, not the user.

"Because determined filesharers can easily avoid detection using Wi-Fi hijacking and a growing array of other tools and applications, it will be innocent broadband customers who suffer the consequences of this nightmare," he added.

TalkTalk recently claimed that the government's broadband tax plans are also concerning, as the added cost for internet services would lead many households across the UK to give up their connections.

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