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To bust child-porn rings, larger role sought for Internet service providers [USA]

Author: Ron Scherer, Christian Science Monitor [USA], Published on: 9 February 2007

To halt the child-porn scourge, law-enforcement officials…say such vigilance [is required]…[by] Internet service providers (ISPs), such as America Online, Verizon, or Time Warner, to root out people selling, trading, or displaying illegal pornographic images. In fact, many of them already are cooperating, but some US 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 the US, 309 ISPs, representing 90 percent of Internet traffic in the nation, have registered with Mr. Allen's organization to provide tips for federal agents to investigate…But…legislation…would expand the range of companies obligated to report illegal activity and increase the fines for those who don't…[also refers to MySpace, Facebook]

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