Tuesday, 24 February 2004
Dáil Eireann Debate
174. Mr. Deasy asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if he plans to introduce legislation or directives to ComReg to protect children from being sent pornographic images via texts on mobile phones. [5833/04]
179. Mr. Hayes asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if he plans to tackle the growing problem of pornographic images being sent to children through mobile phone text systems; and the measures which can be taken. [5832/04]
321. Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the plans his Department has to make it compulsory for persons who purchase pre-paid mobile telephones to register the number in their name (details supplied). [5687/04]
It is an offence under the Section 13 of the Post Office (Amendment) Act, 1951 as amended by the Postal and Telecommunications Services Act, 1983 to send by phone any message or other matter which is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character. It is also an offence under section 10 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, 1997 to harass a person by use of a telephone.
The registration of pre-paid mobile phones is a complex issue. The enforcement and practicalities of implementing such a register would be difficult given the already high level of mobile phone penetration, the high percentage of prepaid phones already in circulation, and the issues surrounding the capturing of and ensuring the accuracy of the required information.
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