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Steps being taken to curb child porn sites, says Centre to Supreme Court

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  • July 14, 2017
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The Centre today told the Supreme Court that it is taking steps to deal with the issue of child pornography in its entirety and around 3,500 websites hosting such content have been blocked last month. The government told a three-judge bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra that it has asked the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to consider installation of jammers in schools to block access to child pornographic content.

In a writ petition, various points were highlighted to curb child pornography, such as, blocking based on the Interpol List, where the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as a national nodal agency of Interpol, shares this list with the government which later orders the blocking of the same through select Internet Service Providers (ISPs). In other efforts to curb the Child Pornography, a private non-profit organisation in the United States, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) acts as a national clearinghouse and resource centre for information about missing and exploited children, the writ stated.

The report also stated the NCMEC hotline provides the technical details of any Child Porn uploading to the concerned law enforcement agency in the U.S. and across the world in about 99 other countries. The actions initiated by the government also includes Parental Control Filters, as per the report. The court has asked the Centre to file a status report within two days. The apex court was hearing a petition which has sought direction to the Centre to take appropriate steps to curb the menace of child pornography across the country.

The Centre today told the Supreme Court that it is taking steps to deal with the issue of child pornography in its entirety and around 3,500 websites hosting such content have been blocked last month. The government told a three-judge bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra that it has asked the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to consider installation of jammers in schools to block access to child pornographic content. In a writ petition, various points were highlighted to curb child pornography, such as, blocking based on the Interpol List, where the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as a national nodal agency of Interpol, shares this list with the government which later orders the blocking of the same through select Internet Service Providers (ISPs). In other efforts to curb the Child Pornography, a private non-profit organisation in the United States, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) acts as a national clearinghouse and resource centre for information about missing and exploited children, the writ stated. The report also stated the NCMEC hotline provides the technical details of any Child Porn uploading to the concerned law enforcement agency in the U.S. and across the world in about 99 other countries. The actions initiated by the government also includes Parental Control Filters, as per the report. The court has asked the Centre to file a status report within two days. The apex court was hearing a petition which has sought direction to the Centre to take appropriate steps to curb the menace of child pornography across the country.

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