9/21/2006

Effort to combat child porn would close Web sites

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 8:55 pm

As part of the battle against the spread of child pornography on the Internet, an initiative has begun allowing for the shutdown or blocking of sites offering illicit images of minors, even in cases where no criminal investigation is being conducted.

The initiative, expected to be announced Thursday at a congressional hearing, is part of an effort among a group of Internet service providers and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Until now, the decisions to close child pornography sites were ad hoc, based on thousands of referrals to the service providers and the CyberTipline of the center.

Often, such shutdowns did not occur, and many times, closings were reserved for sites that were the targets of criminal investigations.

Under the program, the testimony says, the center will confirm the presence of illegal images on reported sites and provide the Web addresses and related information to the service providers. Those companies will then take down such sites if they are based on their systems or will block their subscribers’ access using filters.

Source: News.com

 

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