Telcos, ISPs affirm support to DOJ’s campaign vs. child porn

Published September 2, 2020, 4:05 PM

by Jeffrey Damicog

The country’s telecommunications companies have assured the Department of Justice (DOJ) that they are doing their part in the fight against child pornography.

The Philippine Chamber of Telecommunications Operators (PTCO), the umbrella organization of duly enfranchised telecommunication entities and internet service providers (ISP) in the country, made the commitment in its letter to DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra dated Aug. 25.

“PCTO condemns child pornography, a reprehensible crime that should rightfully be curtailed by the State,” read PCTO’s letter signed by PCTO chairman Enrico delos Reyes and president Froilan Castelo.

“Blocking of unlawful content is a state duty which ISPs support,” it added.

PCTO said that it will “continue to implement the current mode or arrangement where its members will continue to block child pornographic websites based on the information provided by the PNP (Philippine National Police) and NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) through the National Telecommunications Commissions.”

“To date, PCTO members have blocked upwards of 2,521 sites provided by the law enforcement agencies,” the group cited.

The PCTO said that it is looking forward to the decision of the DOJ to reconvene and invite Microsoft and other stakeholders including law enforcement in exploring “the Microsoft photo DNA solution, which is a filtering solution to block access or transmission to child pornographic content that will be hosted by the Government, but private ISPs will implement the findings of the solution and shall be given access to the same.”

PCTO said one of its members, Globe Telecom, Inc. has already “invested in a USD2.7 million DNS software filtering system for its ‘PlayRight’ campaign that targets illegal/pirated content and online child pornography.”

Despite these efforts, PCTO admitted that “the installation of filtering software does not guarantee total absence of child pornography in the internet.”

The group explained that purveyors of child porn “build alternate websites, URLs and dynamic IP addresses, as fast as ISPs block them.”

“Even worse, these illicit activities use popular social media platforms that are deadly accessible and shareable to others, but next to impossible to block,” PCTO said.

The PCTO also pointed out that consumers of child porn also use “Virtual Private Networks (VPN) to bypass any blocking and filtering software.”

PCTO urged the DOJ to push for amendments in Republic Act 9775, the Anti-Child Pornography Act of of 2009, “to rectify the statutory conflicts” and take into account “the paramount objective of protecting the welfare of children who are victims of child pornography and online sexual abuse.”

 
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