Child porn, drugs lead Internet content complaints in Japan

Author: Martyn Williams, TechWorld, Published on: 18 March 2010

Complaints to a Japanese Internet watchdog regarding illegal content almost doubled in 2009, led by a surge in reports related to child pornography…Just over half the complaints concerned pornography, a jump of 81 percent on the year earlier, with those related to dating Web sites, bank account phishing and cell-phone related fraud also seeing similar below-average rises. A total of 4,486 cases regarding child pornography were recorded, a rise of 140 percent on 2008…Some of the complaints resulted in the pages and information being deleted upon a request from the Internet Hotline Center with over 20,000 complaints referred to the police. Of the remainder, 5,419 cases related to information residing on servers outside of Japan and so beyond the reach of Japanese agencies. These cases were referred to the International Association of Internet Hotlines.

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