Canada introduces legislation protecting children from online sexual exploitation

08:23, May 07, 2010      

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Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Rob Nicholson and Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu announced Thursday the introduction of legislation to help protect children from online sexual exploitation, by requiring suppliers of Internet services to report online child pornography.

"A mandatory reporting regime across Canada will assist authorities in identifying offenders and rescuing children from sexual exploitation,"said Nicholson."Creating and distributing child pornography are unspeakable crimes and our government is committed to protecting children from Internet sexual predators."

In September 2008, the federal/provincial/territorial ministers responsible for Justice agreed that Canada's response to child pornography could be enhanced by federal legislation establishing mandatory reporting of online child pornography by providers of Internet services.

The proposed legislation would apply to suppliers of Internet services to the public, including those who provide electronic mail services, internet content hosting services, and social networking sites.

The suppliers should report to a designated agency tips they receive regarding Web sites where child pornography may be available to the public; and notify police and safeguard evidence if they believe that a child pornography offense has been committed using an Internet service that they provide.

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