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EU reps side with internet rights on child porn blocking

Jennifer Baker | Feb. 15, 2011
A European Parliament decision on Monday to remove child pornography images at the source rather than promote Web blocking has been hailed as a success by Internet rights activists.

The new text also envisions tougher penalties for those who sexually abuse or exploit children. The proposal sets minimum penalties for 22 criminal offences, including so-called online "grooming," but also allows member states to impose harsher measures and sentencing.

Negotiations between Parliament and Council representatives will continue in the coming months, with a view to reaching a compromise preferably in the first half of this year.

 

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