Published on: 28.04.09
Source: Press release of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology
The Federal Government of Germany has appoved a draft bill to fight child pornography on the Internet under the responsibility of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. Thereby the government is implementing the recently approved framework.
The new regulations consist of amendments to the German Teleservices Act (Telemediengesetz,TMG) and the Telecommunications Act (Telekommunikationsgesetz, TKG). Both confine themselves - like agreed in the framework - to aggravate access to child pornographic material.
Child pornographic material means pictures and movies of sexually abused and exploited children. In spite of all international efforts to trace offenders and to take down websites containing such material, child pornography is still available on the Internet. From 2006 to 2007 the number of cases in Germany increased about 111% from 2936 to 6206 cases. Therefore in the future the full potential of all constitutional resources shall be exhausted, criminals must be prosecuted and websites must be shut down.
Essential features of the planned law are:
It is intended to pass the bill in this legislative period, ending in September 2009. Because the German Federal Government is aware of the fact that they accede virgin soil with these regulations, they propose to evaluate the law within two years after entry into force.