20/06/2005

UK ISP's Fail To Report Child Abuse

UK ISP's Fail To Report Child Abuse

ISPs not reporting child-abuse? This is a tricky area in law. ISPs don't actually monitor websites, Usenet news or any hosting platforms. To do so would potentially make them liable for editorial control, and there's too much to monitor.

ISPs generally act on complaints (i.e. if someone reports illegal content to them) and there are various guidelines which they obide by (it all gets very messy in cases such as defamatory content where the ISP can be held liable once they've been informed).

Unfortunately with cases of child-abuse, ISPs are likely to get very few "informed" complaints as the act of downloading pornography etc with children is an offence in itself.
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