NCC Moves To Outlaw Internet Content injurious To Children

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NCC Moves To Outlaw Internet Content injurious To Children

There are very strong indications that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) may outlaw Internet content that is injurious to children and minors.

The Punch reports that the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, hinted on this last Friday in Abuja while speaking at a stakeholders’ consultative forum on the establishment of Internet Industry Code.

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Speaking on his behalf, the Director, Legal Regulatory Services at the NCC, Mrs Yetunde Akinloye, said it was important for the regulatory agency and stakeholders to collaborate in order to give the country a befitting Internet code of practice.

According to her, the establishment of the Internet Industry Code of Practice was aimed at securing the country’s cyberspace against imminent cyber-attacks occasioned by the liberalisation of the industry and the high rate of evolution in mobile telecommunications.

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She further quoted Danbatta as saying that the developments have led to an increase in the use of and dependence on the solutions and services that ride on the Internet.

“The code would also put measures in place to safeguard and protect minors, vulnerable audiences and consumers as a whole.”

 “This is envisioned as a co-regulatory effort between the commission and industry stakeholders, hence the need for extensive public consultation for the final document.”

“He said that the establishment of the code was conceived to ensure safety and security on the Internet and to harness the benefits of the Internet for good governance and better user experience,” he said.



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