ISPAI Welcomes European Parliament LIBE Committee Amendments to the Draft Directive on Child Exploitation as it Applies to the Internet

February 17, 2010

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The draft EU Directive to combat the sexual abuse, sexual exploitation of children and child pornography, must produce legislation that is truly effective in tackling the Internet dimension of this problem. ISPAI welcomes the improved LIBE Committee amendments – but calls for further improvements to give legal certainty to all partners cooperating to fight this online abuse and so make this legislation a landmark in improving protection of children.

 

The Draft Directive may be found here

The LIBE Committee amendments can be found here

 

Below EuroISPA’s Press Release:

 

Press Release – Brussels, 15 February 2011

 

EuroISPA Welcomes the Parliament’s Commitment to Focus on Effective Measures to Fight Child Abuse Online

 

Brussels – EuroISPA and the ISPs it represents, have always strongly advocated for the removal at source of child sexual abuse material online as the only approach to effectively and sustainably help in the protection of victims and strongly contribute to successful criminal prosecution. This principle has been clearly stated in the Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE) vote yesterday on the proposed Directive on child sexual exploitation.

The text adopted by a large majority of MEPs also provides for important safeguards in case additional measures to removal at source are used. These safeguards require that such measures be transparent, proportionate and necessary.

Malcolm Hutty, President of EuroISPA, said that: “The text adopted by the LIBE Committee is an effective and concrete step forward in the fight against child abuse material online within the EU and internationally” and “removal of the content at source is the real solution to the problem. The European Union should use its diplomatic relationships with third countries hosting such material to enhance international procedures to delete the illegal content and successfully prosecute criminals.”

EuroISPA invites the European Parliament to preserve the safeguards outlined in the text adopted in the context of forthcoming negotiations with the Council of the European Union.

 

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