NTC clarifies new rule will require ISPs to block child porn, not all adult sites

We’re sure a lot of people are relieved by this clarification. (Then again, they’ll only know which people are downloading child porn by snooping on everyone.)

TJ Dimacali of GMA News Online reports that only child pornography websites will have to be blocked by Philippine internet service providers under the new circular issued by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), contrary to an earlier report saying access to all adult websites will soon be banned.


According to the report, NTC clarified on Monday (March 17) that its latest ruling only requires ISPs to block child pornography. Based on the circular, ISPs will be mandated to "install available technology, program or software that will block access or filter all websites carrying child pornography materials."  The agency's move follows similar steps taken by other organizations abroad-including Google and Microsoft-which announced last year they would be actively blocking online searches for child abuse images.

 

Technology law expert Atty. JJ Disini said that while the sale, distribution and exhibition of pornography is a crime in the Philippines, "any widespread crackdown on pornography might be beyond the NTC’s scope of responsibilities."

 

For more on this story, log on to GMA News Online.

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