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Government Introduces Mandatory Child Porn Reporting Law

Justice Minister Rob Nicholson today tabled the Child Protection Act (Online Sexual Exploitation).  As widely reported, Bill C-58 creates a mandatory disclosure requirement on Internet providers where they become aware of child pornography websites or have reason to believe a subscriber is using their service to violate child pornography laws.  Where an Internet provider submits a report on a user, they must preserve the relevant computer data for 21 days and they are prohibited from disclosing the disclosure to the customer.  Failure to report may result in fines or imprisonment and providers are granted immunity from liability for reporting the activity.  The definition of Internet provider is broad, extending beyond just ISPs to include those providing Internet access, hosting, or email services.  In other words, services like Google, Hotmail, and Facebook are all covered.

The bill shares similarities with provincial laws (ie. Ontario) and those that report under the provincial law are exempt from the federal version.  While few will criticize a bill targeting child pornography – everyone agrees that child pornography is abhorrent and we need to ensure that we have laws to deal with the problem – it is hard to see what this bill actually accomplishes.  Canada already has:

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November 24, 2009 27 comments News

Canada Labeled a “Pedophile Haven”

Fresh off unsubstantiated claims that Canada is a piracy haven, the media is now reporting that Canada is also a "pedophile haven."  At least two groups are quoted in a CTV article claiming that Canada has lax laws and should require Internet service providers to take stronger action against pedophile […]

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May 24, 2007 19 comments News

The Tyee on Project Cleanfeed

Project Cleanfeed is now up and running and the Tyee does a nice job of canvassing the issues.

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March 8, 2007 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Project Cleanfeed Canada Documentation

Cybertip has now posted an FAQ and details on an appellate process.

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December 14, 2006 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Child Pornography Blocking Plan a Risk Worth Taking

My weekly Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) wades back into the Project Cleanfeed Canada debate.  My last post on this issue generated considerable discussion with many valid criticisms of the ISP plans to block access to child pornography.  In developing this column, I posed many of the […]

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December 4, 2006 18 comments Columns