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RS panel calls for breaking encryption to track distribution of child porn

The ad hoc committee has called for broadening of POSCO Act and mandatory policing on apps to regulate access to child pornography

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Posco | sexual violence against minors | Information Technology Act

Neha Alawadhi  |  New Delhi 



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A Rajya Sabha panel has made 40 recommendations to prevent sexual abuse of children and contain access to and transmission of child pornography in social media. The recommendations include making monitoring apps mandatory on all devices and amending the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act ( Act) and the . The report was presented to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naiu by Congress Parliamentarian and ad hoc panel's chief .

"The Committee recommends modifying the IT (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules 2011 to include the ability to trace the originator or sender of the message shared on end-to-end encryption platforms in cases where CSAM (Child Sexual Abuse Material) that has been shared has come to the attention of law enforcement agencies," the report suggested. It further recommended that ISPs proactively monitor and take down CSAM.

The Committee recommended that apps that help in monitoring children's access to pornographic content be made mandatory on all devices sold in India, and such apps or similar solutions be developed and made freely available to Internet Service Providers, companies, schools and parents. It further suggested increasing partnerships with financial services industry like credit card providers to prevent online payments systems from being used for purchasing child pornography. At the legislative level, the committee has suggested broadening the definition of child pornography in the POCSO Act, including a provision on child grooming, or using the Internet to faciliate sexual contact with a child, in the Act.

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First Published: Sat, January 25 2020. 13:35 IST

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