Sunday, April 18

Online Pornography | Pornhub’s practices reveal holes in the law

(Ottawa) Laws seem ineffective in tackling pornography on websites.

Christopher reynolds
The Canadian Press

Companies like MindGeek, which owns Pornhub and many other sites like YouPorn and RedTube, have thrived for years despite laws against child pornography and sexually abusive content.

Appearing Monday before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, the Executive Director of the Canadian Center for Child Protection, Lianna MacDonald, recalled that new regulations are long overdue.

Websites are currently free to determine their own content moderation and reporting policies, leaving victims to their mercy. At the same time, there is no body to deal with complaints or enforce standards.

According to Mme McDonald’s, the need for government intervention has never been felt so strongly.

Others point out that the laws currently in place are not strong enough to tackle a global scourge. Legislation is hampered by limited resources and jurisdictional barriers.

Daniel Berhard, the managing director of Friends of Broadcasting is one of those who wonder if a new law reminding that the broadcasting of content showing sexual assault on children is really illegal is really necessary. According to him, the problem stems from the fact that the current legislation is not applied.

Other headaches for law enforcement: Online pornography does not consider borders.

Like many forms of cybercrime, the online sexual exploitation of children is often multi-jurisdictional and multinational, which creates many complexities for law enforcement.

The RCMP, in an email

MindGeek is based in Montreal, but the company has a presence around the world. Because of this, it is difficult to determine who can investigate its activities, as it hosts content outside the country, says RCMP Corporal Caroline Duval.

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