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The UK's Digital Economy Act has come under renewed attack from the United Nation's Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

Despite the High Court siding with the government in a recent judicial review hearing brought by BT and TalkTalk, opponents of the anti-filesharing legislation are continuing to campaign for the law to be repealed.

The UNHRC said that the act is in serious breach of its rules, because some broadband subscribers could be disconnected from the internet having done nothing wrong.

Frank La Rue, Special Rapporteur to the UNHRC, expressed "deep concern" over the potential for centralised control over internet usage.

"The Special Rapporteur considers cutting off users from internet access, regardless of the justification provided, including on the grounds of violating intellectual property rights law, to be disproportionate and thus a violation of article 19, paragraph 3, of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights," he stated.

Mr La Rue called upon all UN member states to ensure that internet access is maintained at all times, including during times of political unrest.

"In particular, the Special Rapporteur urges states to repeal or amend existing intellectual copyright laws which permit users to be disconnected from Internet access, and to refrain from adopting such laws."

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