Tackling pornography

Plans to protect children from pornography and other harmful and
illegal material on the Internet and other electronic media are
outlined in two policy papers published yesterday by the Commission. A
combination of cooperation between Member States, self-regulation by
service providers, the use of filtering software, and international
coordination can limit the risks, the Communication says. It is the
responsibility of the Member States to see that existing laws on the
protection of minors and intellectual property are enforced, but
coordinated action at EU level is required to avoid obstacles to the
free circulation of legitimate services and distortions in
competition. The Telecommunications Council is due to consider such
measures on 28 November. The Green Paper builds on the policy options
put forward in the Communication and considers the protection of
minors and human dignity in audiovisual and information services more
generally. It analyses current legislation and policies at national,
EU and international level, identifying nine key questions for the
future development of policy initiatives. Interested parties are asked
to submit their comments by 28 February 1997.

Contributions can be made to DG10 to Martin Bangemann, Commissioner
for Information Technologies and Telecommunications or Marcelino
Oreja, Commissioner Cultural and Audiovisual Affairs.
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