28 December, 2012


Legal News & Analysis – Asia Pacific – Australia – TMT


On 9 November 2012, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy announced that Australia’s major Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are required to block some of the worst child abuse websites listed by INTERPOL.

Senator Conroy stated that notices had been issued to Australia’s largest ISPs, requiring them to block such illegal sites in accordance with their obligations under the Telecommunications Act 1997 (Cth). Previously only Telstra and Optus had agreed to block the INTERPOL child abuse website list, having been issued with such notices requiring them to do so.

The recent notices were issued following a recommendation by the Australian Law Reform Commission in February 2012. The result is that 90% of all Australians accessing the internet will have child abuse material blocked by their ISP.

Senator Conroy also stated that the Australian Federal Police will now begin to issue similar notices to smaller ISPs and to assist them with meeting the requirements of such notices and other obligations.

The process for inclusion of a website on the INTERPOL child abuse website list is rigorous, and includes a requirement that websites are reviewed by agents from two countries before being added to the list.

Click here to view INTERPOL’s criteria for websites to be included on the INTERPOL child abuse list and the complaints procedure for owners of blocked domains


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