SENATOR EYES INCENTIVES FOR COMPANIES THAT WILL HELP STOP ONLINE ABUSE OF CHILDREN
SENATOR Risa Hontiveros proposed the grant of incentives to private companies that will assist law enforcement agencies in their campaign against online sexual abuse and exploitation of children.
“We need companies to be proactive in the fight against OSAEC. Providing incentives may be the most effective way to ensure this. May karampatang parusa pa rin kung hindi sila susunod sa batas,” Hontiveros said.
The senator recently filed Senate Bill 2068, or the Anti-Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Law, which seeks to impose penalties on private companies that do not comply with their obligations under the bill.
“Both incentives and penalties can encourage more synergy between private companies and government agencies. Puwedeng mapaigting ang partisipasyon ng mga pribadong kompanya kung hindi lang parusa ang piniprisinta sa kanila,” Hontiveros said.
Under the bill, Internet Service Providers that do not give notice of exploitation on their services will be fined a minimum of P2 million but not more than P5 million.
Social media networks that are not compliant with the requirements face a penalty of P10 million, while banks, money services, and other financial intermediaries not fulfilling their reportorial obligation shall suffer the penalty as provided under the law.
“The private sectors’ products are the main channels through which exploitation occurs. Kung magkakaroon ng mas take-charge attitude ang mga kompanya dahil sa incentives, then we should study this possibility. Laking tulong ito sa mga opisyal natin. When it comes to a crime as stealthy and as technical as OSAEC, our law enforcement agencies need all the help they can get,” Hontiveros said.