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  • Philippines' NBI Boosts Efforts Against Internet Crime
  • December 28, 1998 (MANILA) -- The Philippines' National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is stepping up its efforts to convict those involved in Internet-related crimes.
    Edmundo Arugay, chief of the NBI's special action unit, said his team apprehended a Canadian citizen accused of a violation and has called for the approval of an Internet-content bill authored by Senator Loren Legarda.

    Even with Article 201 of Presidential Decree 969 of the revised penal code on pornography, he said there is no clause stating that porno photos should not be shown using the Internet as a medium.

    However, pornography is rampant in the country as tabloids publishing such photos are sold on a daily basis, Arugay said. The Philippines should follow the example of Singapore, which enforces a strict code of conduct on the Internet, he noted.

    Meanwhile, lawmakers across the world seek to control the proliferation of porno sites on the Internet with the use of filtering technology and through self-regulation. Pending legislation includes the Internet School Filtering Act in the United States and the Code of Standards for ISPs in New Zealand.

    The U.S. filtering act seeks to require that all public schools and libraries install software to restrict access by minors of "inappropriate" materials on the Internet.

    The Law Society of New Zealand is preparing a code of practice for its ISPs to include filtering pornographic material.

    In a related development, security software provider NetNanny is expanding its line of products beyond its core business of restricting access to Internet sites. It will target corporate developers with a security access system using biometric technology.

    The software-based system aptly called BioPassword creates individual user profiles based on the way that a person types in the password. The product creates the profile based on a variety of factors. NetNanny acquired the technology from Stanford University. The NetNanny software will provide an extra level of security in the event that the password has been stolen.

    A recent report said NetNanny plans to offer the system as an SDK (software developer's kit) in the first quarter of 1999 to be included in electronic commerce applications, database access products, phone systems and with smart cards.

    (Margarita Roa, Asia BizTech Correspondent)

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    Updated: Thu Dec 24 17:55:47 1998 PDT