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Peru: Prohibition of Access to Minors to Pornographic Web Pages

(Mar. 2, 2008) Law No. 29139, promulgated on November 30, 2007, amends the title and articles 1, 2 and 3 of Law 28119, concerning prohibition of access by minors to web pages containing pornographic content, to chat forums, and to any other type of communication over internet involving pornographic subject matter and/or information considered a violation of decency and public morality, threatening their physical or psychological integrity, or affecting their personal or family intimacy.

Provisions of this law are applicable to establishments that offer public access to internet or other kinds of network communication and whose equipment can be used by minors. Parts of this law are also applicable to public institutions offering public internet service.

Owners, managers, or persons in charge of the above mentioned establishments are under obligation to install on every computer programs or special software to filter and block or by any other means to prevent the access of minors to prohibited web pages.

Municipalities, in coordination with the National Police of Peru, are responsible for supervising compliance with this law. Violations shall be punished with cancellation of the license of operation. Finally, managers of public internet rooms must keep a written registration of users. The regulation of this law shall state that minors are prohibited from admission to these rooms during school hours. (Law No. 29139, Web site of the Congress of Peru, Dec. 1, 2007.)