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MONT-TREMBLANT, Que., May 14, 2002 (lsn.ca) — The top eight industrialized countries agreed on Sunday to create an international criminal databank to track child pornography.

The databank would be a massive information system, accessible to police forces, to track both victims and perpetrators, the Toronto Star reports. It would contain both victims and perpetrators, with images for identification purposes.

Technical details have yet to be worked out, such as how privacy would be protected, how the databank would conform to national laws, whether it would provide direct links to criminal files or merely contact information, and whether it would include porn suspects as well as convicted pornographers.

Justice Minister Martin Cauchon claimed that Canada already has tracking “on a national basis” and said the government is prepared to “go one step further” to collaborate internationally. But according to the Toronto Star, officials deny there is a central database in Canada.

The European Union will report on progress in December, while a Canada-U.S. working group may be subsumed by the G-8 proposal, Cauchon said.

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