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Tackling illegal images - new proactive approach to seek out child sexual abuse content, 18/06/13 [E/NI/S/W]

The Culture Secretary Maria Miller has announced that the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) will be asked for the first time to actively seek out illegal images of child abuse on the internet, working closely with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.

At a summit of major internet service providers (ISPs), search engines, mobile operators and social media companies, an agreement was reached that the IWF should, for the first time, work with CEOP to search for and block child sexual abuse images.

The UK’s leading ISPs – Virgin Media, BSkyB, BT and TalkTalk  - committed to provide a further £1 million to help fund this new proactive approach and to help tackle the creation and distribution of child sexual abuse material online. Additionally, all the companies present signed up to a ‘zero tolerance’ pledge on child sexual abuse imagery.

For full details see the UK Government news release.

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Tackling illegal images - new proactive approach to seek out child sexual abuse content