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Internet Written Answer, 28/04/14 [E/NI/S/W]

Written Answer given in the House of Commons on 28 April 2014 in response to Helen Goodman's (Lab) question asking the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the communiqué of the internet safety summit at Downing Street, published on 18 November 2013, what progress has been made by internet companies on ensuring that child abuse images are not returned following search engine requests.

The Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for Modern Slavery and Organised Crime, Karen Bradley, replied that child abuse is a horrific crime and the Government is determined to tackle it. Real progress had been made through work with the internet industry. Following this work, internet search engines have made changes to their search mechanisms, and these new measures have been effective in making it harder to access child abuse images. For example, Google has implemented changes that prevent child abuse results against 100,000 unique searches worldwide. National Crime Agency testing of these new measures shows that they have been effective in making it harder to access child abuse images, videos or pathways. This is now a constantly evolving approach that tracks the latest terms being used by paedophiles and cuts off access to child abuse material.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the House of Commons Hansard 28 April 2014 which is available from the UK Parliament website.

Further Information

House of Commons Hansard 28 April 2014