Telcos, internet service providers told to comply with law vs online child sexual abuse

Amid the rise in cases of online sexual abuse and exploitation of children during the pandemic, telecommunications companies and internet service providers were reminded to comply with existing laws against online child sexual exploitation.

Department of Information and Communications Technology Secretary Gregorio Honasan said his office is closely coordinating with the National Telecommunications Commission to ensure telcos and ISPs are complying with the Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009.

Honasan said, “The DICT takes the matter of online child sexual exploitation very seriously.”

The DICT said all ISPs are mandated to notify the Philippine National Police or the National Bureau of Investigation of any form of child pornography committed using its facilities within seven days of obtaining facts and evidence. ISPs, however, are prohibited to monitor customers or the content of any communication of any such person.

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