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eNACSO launched in Brussels

Published on: 30.04.09

On April 27, 2009 the European NGO Alliance für Child Safety Online - eNACSO launched their network in Brussels with an expert seminar discussing the eagerly-awaited proposal for updated EU-legislation 'on combating the sexual abuse, sexual exploitation of children and child pornography' published by the Commission on March 25, 2009.

Jakub Boratynski, head of Unit Fight Against Organised Crime , DG Justice, Liberty and Security introduced the EU framework decision. He explained that currently there are not sufficient efforts in identifying abused children because of more efforts on prosecution of offenders. Her recommended undercover investigations wherever national law allows to do so. He also stressed the need to make payments for child abusive material more difficult for the wretched customers. And he asked for investments in training for law enforcement across Europe.

Elvira d'Amato from the Italian member of eNACSO, Centre Against Child Pornography on the Internet underlined that all law enforcement investigation starts with monitoring the Internet.

Prof. Michael Rotert, Vice president of EuroISPA presented the position of Internet service providers and focussed the debate on the adequacy of blacklist for blocking child pornography. The domain names of servers hosting such content in countries where child pornography is illegal should never appear on such blacklists he stressed because as soon as the material is detected it has to be taken down.

Eventually the stakeholders around the table plead for fast reaction times and agreed to special efforts on image analysis.

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