‘Need efforts from stakeholders to crack down on child pornography’

Sunil Pradhan
Thursday, 23 November 2017

Cyber expert Anil Raj of Cybervault Security Solutions Private Limited said that porn sites carrying objectionable videos are easily accessible, which reflects a failure of concerned authorities in implementing a complete ban on such sites. Raj highlighted the need to have a bank of all keywords related to porn, which will help in placing filters to objectionable content

Pune: While the Government is asking help from major tech giants to crack down on objectionable content related to child pornography, rape and gang-rape, cyber experts claim it is a mammoth task and needs efforts of all stakeholders. Earlier, Indian government had banned more than 800 porn sites in India but they continue to flourish.

The strange problem, which has now cropped up, is embedded videos of child pornography along with adult pornography on porn sites.

Cyber expert Anil Raj of Cybervault Security Solutions Private Limited said that porn sites carrying objectionable videos are easily accessible, which reflects a failure of concerned authorities in implementing a complete ban on such sites. Raj highlighted the need to have a bank of all keywords related to porn, which will help in placing filters to objectionable content.

“There is a great need to have such banks in vernacular language also. Such banks will help us in preventing upload and download of objectionable content. Moreover, banning such sites should be a daily job and not a once in a while task,” added Raj.

Another cyber expert Advocate Gaurav Jachak said that it is almost impossible to ban such sites from the Internet. “There are many such sites, which continuously change their servers, domain name and Internet protocol address, thus making it difficult for the government to place a ban on such sites. Servers of a large number of such sites are located outside India, which adds to the problem of placing a ban on such sites,” added Jachak.

The advocate highlighted the need to have a helpline number to inform police about contents related to child pornography and rape so that police officials can act in time and prevent the spread of such content.

“The Information Technology Act of 2008, section 67, takes care of child pornography menace. As per the act, recording, publishing, transmitting of such objectionable content related to children can lead to a five-year imprisonment,” added Jachak.

Speaking on the dangers of accessing such sites, Raj said that accessing such objectionable sites can lead to danger as the videos of images can contain malware, which might affect the system. “Moreover, these sites sell videos, provide paid access to objectionable videos, provide escort services and have other means of business, which has led to increase in such sites,” added Raj.

Speaking on the preventive measures taken by web browsers, Raj said that some browsers have facility to filter such content. “Government can make it mandatory for browser companies to show pop up messages if the user is accessing some objectionable content,” added Raj. Cyber experts said that it is very difficult to segregate videos of adult and child pornography on a site and so it becomes difficult to take action against sites that are embedding such videos.

 

 

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