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blacklist

1. noun A list of names of people, groups, or organizations who are to be banned, censured, or are under suspicion, as in politics, law enforcement, business, labor unions, etc. The country's government maintains a blacklist of people it deems dangerous. The company circulates a blacklist every year among its employees so they know not to offer jobs or information to people whose views run contrary to its values.
2. verb To put someone on a blacklist, that is, a list of names of people, groups, or organizations who are to be banned, censured, or are under suspicion. The influential writer was blacklisted early in her career for denouncing certain policies of the federal government. If you keep getting into fights there, the bar will eventually blacklist you.

black list

A list of persons or things considered undesirable or deserving punishment, as in Japanese beetles are on my black list of garden pests. The practice of making such lists is quite old. Notorious examples include the late 19th-century black lists of union members whom employers would not hire and the black lists of persons suspected of being Communists as a result of the hearings held by Senator Joseph R. McCarthy in the early 1950s. Today the term is also used more loosely, as in the example. [Early 1600s] Also see black book, def. 1.
See also: black, list

blacklist

1. n. a list of the names of banned people; a list of people undesirable to some group. I hear they keep a blacklist of all the people they disagree with.
2. tv. to put someone’s name on a list of undesirables. They blacklisted me for not belonging to the right organizations.
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This is why we strengthened blacklisting legislation in 2010 to deal with this serious offence and increased the penalty the Information Commissioner's Office can impose for serious breaches of the Data Protection Act to PS500,000.
Similar to blacklisting but more flexible, signature filtering depends on algorithms.
If you run campaigns from a non-dedicated internal server, you run the risk of ISP blacklisting, which can affect all personal e-mail being sent from your servers.
There was never an organized, articulate, and effective liberal or left-wing opposition to the communists in Hollywood," concluded John Cogley, a socialist, in his 1956 Report on Blacklisting.
Several companies including Sir Robert McAlpine have issued a joint apology for blacklisting and have now set up a compensation scheme.
Liverpool-born Mr McDonnell spoke after the Blacklist Support Group asked Liverpool FC to terminate its contract with construction firm Carillion, after the firm was accused of being involved in blacklisting workers.
AS protests against blacklisting were held around the country on November 20, the TUC - along with construction unions GMB, UCATT and Unite, held a lobby of Parliament to call for justice for the construction workers who were illegally targeted because of their union activities or for pushing for better health and safety on building sites.
BLACKLISTING cost Francie Graham the chance to work in his native Scotland - but he believes it cost his wife her life.
The GMB said in a statement: "This is to show our disgust at their part in blacklisting trade union members, representatives and health and safety representatives.
ON Wednesday night we were delighted to see the whole of Newcastle City Council support the resolution we took to condemn the blacklisting of workers.
In tough new guidance issued today, Ms Hutt has indicated her desire to eradicate blacklisting from Wales.
Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna will call for the Information Commissioner to adopt a proactive process for informing individual victims of blacklisting.
Under the Employment Relations Act 1999, the government can introduce regulations prohibiting the blacklisting of workers for union membership or activities.
TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: "It is outrageous unscrupulous employers have been victimising trade unionists through shady blacklisting practices that have no place in a democratic society.