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Child porn block if it violates acceptable use policy: Akamai

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Child porn block if it violates acceptable use policy: Akamai Courtesy Akamai

American content delivery network and cloud service provider Akamai says it would immediately block access to offensive content like child pornography stored by a customer if it deems this to be in violation of its acceptable use policy.

The company was asked what process it would adopt if it found that any of its clients were storing child pornography images on their servers.

The inquiry was made in the wake of an iTWire  story about reverse proxy and DDoS protection provider Cloudflare saying that it would not stop providing services to a client even if it had clear indications that the site in question was hosting child pornography. The company said it had a process it would follow and it would not act out of step.

Following the massacre of 50 Muslims by a white supremacist in New Zealand last week, British security expert Kevin Beaumont had pointed out that Cloudflare was providing services to the website 8chan where users store images of child porn.

Akamai did not provide a statement, but pointed to its AUP, citing the last section as having relevance to the query posed by iTWire.

According to this policy, customers have to take action if they discover "inappropriate and illegal content" and prevent it being routed to, passed through or stored on the Akamai network.

The company said it reserved the right to terminate or suspend services to such clients if continuing to provide services violated existing law or harmed its network, services or other customers.

Part of the AUP reads: "Akamai also reserves the right to co-operate with legal authorities and third parties in the investigation of alleged wrongdoing, including disclosing the identity of the party that Akamai deems responsible for the wrongdoing.

"Akamai will endeavour to provide notice to [the] customer prior to suspension or termination of Akamai services but may immediately suspend or terminate in instances where continued provision of services would have a material adverse effect on Akamai.

"Akamai shall not be liable for any damages of any nature suffered by any customer, user, or any third party resulting in whole or in part from Akamai's exercise of its rights under this AUP."

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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