Canada introduces legislation protecting children from online sexual exploitation (2)

08:24, May 07, 2010      

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Failure to comply with the duties under the legislation would constitute an offense punishable by graduated fines. For individuals (sole proprietorships), the maximum penalty would be a fine of 1,000 Canadian dollars (about 950.3 U.S. dollars) for a first offense; 5,000 Canadian dollars for a second offense; and for third and subsequent offenses, 10,000 Canadian dollars or six months'imprisonment, or both.

For corporations and other entities, the maximum fines would be 10,000 Canadian dollars for a first offense; 50,000 Canadian dollars for a second offense; and 100,000 Canadian dollars for third and subsequent offenses.

"In today's technological environment, it is important that law enforcement and the Internet service industry work together to help protect our children," said Senator Boisvenu. "The proposed reporting regime would support this collaboration and better protect children from online sexual exploitation."(1 Canadian dollar = 0.9503 U.S. dollar)

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