NTD in Europe: a success setting the standard in getting CSAM off the Web fast

The first half of 2013 has seen rapid and substantial improvement in the time taken to remove Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) from the Internet. In Europe, 96% reports confirmed to contain CSAM were reported by INHOPE hotlines to law enforcement within a day. 92% webpages were removed within 7 days or less. Success is raising the bar and setting the standard in getting CSAM off the web fast and faster.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Today, INHOPE - The International Association of Internet Hotlines released its latest set of infographics, tracking progress through measurable indicators on the effective takedown of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) across Europe. The results are extracted from INHOPE's unique database, the INHOPE Report Management System (IHRMS). It shows clear improvements in the time it takes for CSAM to be removed, once service providers have been alerted that CSAM has been hosted on their servers.

These results did not happen overnight or by chance. They are the result of strong, trusted partnerships and real-time information between hotlines, the ICT industry, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and law enforcement with the support of the European Commission. The 2011/92/EU Directive on combating the sexual abuse, sexual exploitation of children and child pornography, which lays strong emphasis on Notice and Takedown, will be transposed by EU Member States by the end of the year.

If protecting minors against online and offline threats is an area of shared responsibility, speeding up the removal of CSAM from the Internet is all about multi-stakeholder cooperation.  INHOPE hotlines remain the first line of defence in combating the sexual exploitation of children on the Internet and will continue to provide actionable intelligence to stop the (re)circulation of child sexual material and re-victimisation of victims.

INHOPE Hotlines and its trained analysts identify quality leads to help law enforcement catch the perpetrators, remove access to CSAM, dismantle the child offender networks and save the children involved.

In 2013 so far:

The INHOPE network was constituted of 44 hotlines and present in 38 countries.

In Europe, 96% reports confirmed to contain CSAM were reported to law enforcement within a day.

92% webpages were removed within a week.

"'In today’s anonymous virtual world, it is vital to stay ahead of criminals, share and spread knowledge for the better good. We should all practice zero tolerance to child sexual abuse imagery. So to the digital citizens out there, if you stumble across anything you suspect to be a child sexual abuse image or video, do the right thing, report it and once confirmed, with our partners, we will make sure such content is taken down as quickly and effectively as possible. '" Russell Chadwick, INHOPE's Executive Director

INHOPE is an active, collaborative and influential network of 51 hotlines in 45 countries worldwide, committed to stamping out child sexual abuse from the Internet.

INHOPE was founded in 1999 under the European Commission Safer Internet Programme.

INHOPE Hotlines offer the public a way of anonymously reporting Internet material including child sexual abuse material they suspect to be illegal.

INHOPE members operate a public hotline to receive complaints about apparent illegal content, they then assess the content in accordance with their national laws and if they consider it to be illegal they trace the material to a hosting country. If the content is illegal in the hosting country then the national Hotline takes steps to have the material ‘taken down’ in consultation with their law enforcement partners.

In the first half of 2014:

170 analysts across the INHOPE network processed 587,674 reports of illegal content.

39,144 reports were assessed to contain unique URLs of child sexual abuse material, a 32% increase compared with the last six months of 2013.

81% child victims were female. 6% child victims were infants.

In Europe, 98% was reported to law enforcement within a day. 91% was removed from the Internet within three days.

Want to know more about the work of INHOPE? 

Visit our website www.inhope.org and download our 2013/14 Annual Report