Tech giants Google, Yahoo, Microsoft to block info on sex determination

Search engines Google, Yahoo and Microsoft have enabled a system to block information on sex determination online, the government told the Supreme Court on Monday.

A system called auto block will stop any information including ads on sex determination tests.

The companies told the court that they have identified 22 key words including “sex determination” so that anyone searching these words will get no information online.

The companies also informed court that any other keywords apart from the 22 will be issued incorporated in the auto block system.

The keywords were suggested by petitioner Sabu George.

Dr George had moved court alleging that online search engines displaying ads of sex determination kits was a violation of laws in India, which ban such tests.

The Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act was brought in to stop female foeticides and arrest the declining sex ratio in India.

Directed by the court, the centre met with the search engine giants, who agreed to put the auto block system in place.

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