Congress moves to strengthen laws on online child sexual abuse materials

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As the flood of reports of online Child Sexual Abuse Materials, or CSAM, continues to grow seemingly unabated, Congress is taking action to protect children by holding service providers and technology companies more accountable. The Senate passed a bill in December that revised legislation to strengthen requirements to report suspected cases of online sexual exploitation and abuse of children. These include reporting cases where exploitation is planned or may be imminent. The act also lengthens to a year the time platforms must preserve crucial evidence so law enforcement has adequate time to investigate and prosecute perpetrators. Currently, providers are only…


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