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USA: Internet Service Providers stop major sources of child pornography

Published on: 11.07.08
Source: Press release of Office of the New York State Attorney General

Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo announced a major development in his office’s ongoing campaign to combat online child pornography. AT&T, the nation’s largest Internet Service Provider, and AOL, the nation’s third largest, have both agreed to eliminate access to child porn Newsgroups, a major supplier of these illegal images. They will also purge their servers of child porn websites. The announcement comes on the heels of similar agreements with Verizon, Sprint, and Time Warner Cable announced by Cuomo last month.

In addition, Cuomo today unveiled a new website, www.nystopchildporn.com, dedicated to fighting online child pornography. The website provides details on which Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have signed agreements with the Attorney General’s office to eradicate access to child porn on their servers. It also provides consumers with information on how to contact ISPs that have failed to make the same commitment to stop child porn. Cuomo urged consumers across the state to check whether their Internet Service Providers have signed the code of conduct and to demand that they do so if they have not.

The complete press release can be found under http://www.oag.state.ny.us/press/2008/july/july10a_08.html


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