16 February 2011

EU - Delete child pornography web pages across the EU, says EP Committee

Child pornography or child abuse material on the web must be removed at source in all EU countries, said the European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee, in amendments to proposed new EU rules to prevent abuse, stiffen penalties, and protect victims. Where removal is impossible, e.g. because pages are hosted outside the EU, Member States may still "prevent access" to this material, in line with their national laws, MEPs added, so no Member State will be prevented from blocking sites. MEPs made a series of amendments to a proposed EU directive to combat sexual abuse, sexual exploitation of children and child pornography. Complete removal at source must be the main aim.