Legislature OKs bill to make photo finishers report child porn

RALEIGH (AP) — A bill that orders film processors and computer technicians to report child pornography while on the job is now awaiting Governor Easley's signature.

The House voted 116-to-nothing to approve Senate modifications.

Film developers and computer workers would be required to tell authorities if, while working, they find images that appear to show minors engaging in sexual activity.

The worker who finds those images can tell a person designated by the employer who in turn will alert law enforcement. The bill grants the person who contacts authorities immunity from civil or criminal liability that might result from the report.

The report can be made to local law enforcement or to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Another bill being considered by lawmakers would require sex offenders to include any e-mail addresses or other online identifiers when they submit information to the state sex offender registry.

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