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Zubiri: Bill seeking special protection vs. online sexual abuse lapsed into law

The bill which seeks special protection against online sexual abuse and exploitation of children has lapsed into law, according to Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri.

Zubiri on Tuesday released to Senate reporters a list of proposed measures that have lapsed into law, including Senate Bill 2209 and House Bill 10703.

The new law aims to increase the duties of the private sector in fighting online abuse, with emphasis on electronic service providers, internet intermediaries, financial intermediaries, specifically with respect to the blocking and preserving of OSAEC materials found on their platforms, and cooperation with law enforcement agents.

It will also establish the National Coordinating Center against OSAEC and Child Sexual Abuse or Exploitation Materials (CSAEM) under the Inter-Agency Council against Trafficking (IACAT).

Senator Risa Hontiveros earlier said the law would also create protections and guarantees for child victims of OSAEC, particularly with respect to their psycho-social needs and will grant additional investigation and surveillance tools to law enforcement agents, taking into account the complexities of the internet and the dark web.—AOL, GMA News