July 20, 2000 06:40am
Dutch Internet Porn Filter Removed
(THE HAGUE, Netherlands) -- Technicians in the Dutch legislature have removed an Internet porn filter from Socialist Party computers after a lawmaker complained that it interfered with her research.
The filter program, which blocks e-mails and Web pages containing 'sex' and related words, prevented Socialist legislator Agnes Kant from viewing a foreign study on drug policy, she said Thursday.
``As a member of parliament, I should be independent,'' Kant said. ``I don't want to have to make a phone call whenever I want to do research on drugs.''
The porn filter was installed two years ago in all computers at the parliament after pranksters inundated them with pornographic images, parliament spokesman Henk Mulder said.
``It seems to have been a hobby of many people to e-mail us all kinds of naked photos,'' Mulder said. ``We had to install the filter to prevent our system from getting clogged up.''
Any parliamentary faction can have the filter removed upon request, Mulder said.
He added that the drugs study couldn't be accessed because of a glitch in the filter program. He said the glitch has been fixed.