Critics Want All Internet Firms Engaged In Anti-Porn Fight

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An Austrian Internet company worker found in its electronic files a commercial child-pornography ring sexually abusing children as young as 5, says the Christian Science Monitor. Law-enforcement officials around the globe are starting a pedophile hunt involving at least 2,360 subscribers in 77 countries. Law enforcers Internet service providers (ISPs), such as America Online, Verizon, or Time Warner, need to root out people selling, trading, or displaying illegal pornographic images.

Many already are cooperating, but some U.S. lawmakers want to require virtually all Internet mediums to provide tips they come across so cybercops can hunt down suspects. “The concern is that we don’t have an ISP, large or small, become a safe haven for this stuff,” says Ernie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in Alexandria, Va. In the U.S, 309 ISPs, representing 90 percent of Internet traffic, have registered with Allen’s organization to provide tips for federal agents to investigate. He estimates another 700 providers have yet to register. A bipartisan group of lawmakers has proposed to expand the range of companies obligated to report illegal activity and increase the fines for those who don’t.

Link: http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0209/p02s01-ussc.html

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