Malaysian Cops Likely to Have Their Eyes on You If You’re Watching Porn

(source: New Straits Times)

Cops will now monitor those who watch porn, but before you say, “whoah there…” and delete your Pornhub account, be assured that they’re only doing this to catch paedophiles.

The police have set up a new unit called the Malaysia Internet Crime Against Children Investigation Unit (Micac) to monitor Malaysians who watch porn online, especially child pornography – Sexual, Women and Child Investigation Division (D11) principal assistant director Assistant Commissioner Ong Chin Lan told New Straits Times.

Micac would locate and pinpoint in real time 24/7 the users who surf these sites and build a “data library” out of these individuals. The data includes what portals they frequent, how long they spend on the sites and the files they upload and download that will help the authorities in prosecuting them.

“We will pick up those who visit these sites regularly. We use a software that was specially developed to allow us to identify, locate and track visits to porn sites, especially those involving child porn,” Ong said.

(source: New Straits Times)

The intelligence gathered will then be passed to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to obtain the users’ details.

“We will then call them in for questioning or we may even arrest them at their homes or wherever,” she added.

The monitoring software was developed in the United States and is called Internet Crime Against Children – Child Online Protective Services (ICACCOPS). Among others, it would show the user’s IP address, location, name of website where the user uploaded or downloaded pornographic material, the actual time the user surfed the sites and the duration spent.

The new software could also detect users who surf, upload and download porn from their phones.

(source: Metro)

In the same article, Ong said data from a report by the Dutch police identified close to 20,000 IP addresses in Malaysia actively uploading and downloading explicit images and footage of minors.

Although some might disagree with this new system, especially if there is room for technical errors since it’s all online, it could help prevent child exploitation in Malaysia.

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