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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
|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
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
(Margarita Roa, Asia BizTech Correspondent)
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