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The Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) has expressed concerns over the proposed creation of a new mediation service for broadband providers.

Speaking at a House Commons Debate on Internet Privacy, Communications Minister Ed Vaizey suggested that this could allow ISPs to censor third party material posted on the web in response to public complaints.

He said the service would be designed to protect the rights of consumers or organisations whose privacy is invaded.

However, the ISPA noted that ISPs already use a system of notice and takedown, where illegal content hosted on their networks is removed expeditiously.

A spokesperson for the organisation told "ISPA is concerned about the potential for any additional burden on ISPs and questions for example how a mediation service would work with content hosted outside the UK.

"ISPA will be talking to government about the work that ISPs already do in this area and commenting in more detail when further information is announced." 

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