THE government recently blocked access to pornographic websites pursuant to the Anti-Child Pornography Act or Republic Act 9775. Based on the law, pornographic websites with child pornography materials shall be blocked from access of users.

Under the same law, the Internet Service Providers actually have the duty to notify the Philippine National Police or the National Bureau of Investigation within seven (7) days from the time they obtained information that any form of child pornography is being committed using its server or facility.

The National Telecommunications Commission issued a memorandum pursuant to R.A. 9775. Under the memorandum, the NTC shall provide a list of the identified pornographic websites to all the Internet Service Providers for immediate blocking.

The Internet Service Providers are directed to:

  1. Install the technology that will block websites with child pornography materials.
  2. Block the pornographic websites listed by the NTC. The Internet Service Providers shall be free from any liability for blocking the websites.
  3. Notify the Philippine National Police or the National Bureau of Investigation within seven days from obtaining facts and circumstances that any form of child pornography is being committed using its services or facility.
  4. Preserve customer data records, specifically the time, origin and destination of access, for purposes of investigation and prosecution by the authorities. (NTC MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR NO. 01-01-2014)

Violations shall be subject to fines and other penalties in accordance with law.