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Do we really need warning banners on all search engines?

The European Parliament Sept. 7 called for action to protect children from inappropriate content on the Internet. In adopting a report from Marielle De Sarnez on the protection of minors and human dignity, the Parliament inter alia made the (non-binding) recommendation to oblige search engines to post warning banners  drawing attention to possible dangers and to the availability of telephone hotlines.

Member States are to submit a report to the Commission on measures taken in application of this Recommendation two years after its adoption. By 31 December 2008, on the basis of the reports submitted by the Member States, the Commission will submit to the European Parliament a report on the implementation and effectiveness of the measures laid down in this recommendation, identifying any additional measures which may be necessary, including binding legislation at European level.

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