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January 12, 2012

Legislation Protecting Children From On-Line Sexual Exploitation Came Into Force

On December 8, 2011, a new Federal law called An Act respecting the mandatory reporting of Internet child pornography by persons who provide an Internet service came into force. The legislation amended the Criminal Code to help protect children from on-line sexual exploitation.

The act applies to suppliers of Internet services to the public, including those who provide electronic mail services, Internet content hosting services, and social networking sites. It requires them to:

  • report tips they receive regarding Web sites where child pornography may be publicly available to the Canadian Centre for Child Protection; and
  • notify police and safeguard evidence if they believe that a child pornography offence has been committed using an Internet service that they provide.

An on-line version of the legislation is available at