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Indian Government Orders ISPs to Block Child Sexual Abuse Content by July 31, 2017.

The Indian Government Orders all internet service providers (ISPs) to block Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) into the country by adopting and implementing Internet Watch Foundation Resources by July 31.

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The ministry of women and child development (WCD) issued an order to curb the online child sexual abuse content/material. Under this order, the ISPs shall be required to implement the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) Resources by July 31, 2017. The IWF is maintaining global websites list and URLs which contain Child Sexual Abuse Content/Material (CSAM).

Implementation of Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) Resources will block the relevant content on an ongoing basis. It is an interim measure till the centralised mechanism is put in place to monitor the online CSAM.

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Most of such Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) is being hosted outside of the country and these websites and URLs to access such unlawful content are dynamic and frequently changing this makes difficult to block such content. Because there is no centralised mechanism to monitor online child sexual abuse material in India.

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