Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Reporting illegal net content

A study by the UK´s Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) reportedly found that 77% of adults do not know how nor where to report illegal content (child abuse images and criminal material) found online. The specific remit of the IWF covers "Child sexual abuse content hosted worldwide and criminally obscene and incitement to racial hatred content hosted in the UK".

Here follow excerpts from a recent news story:

Three quarters of adults using the internet who have "stumbled across" child pornography do not know how to report it.

Research by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) showed 77% of adults who had seen pictures of child abuse on the web did not know what to do about it.

This was despite 70% of users saying the availability of child sexual abuse images was their top concern when using the internet.

Peter Robbins, chief executive of IWF, said: "Internet consumers should know that if they do stumble across these images then it's vital to report them.

"We have international partnerships in place to get these websites removed."

If you are aware of illegal content on the Web, do make use of the IWF Reporting page. The IWF categories for reporting are as follows:

  • Child sexual abuse images hosted anywhere in the world.
  • Criminally obscene content.
  • Incitement to racial hatred content.
  • Inappropriate chat or behaviour with or towards a child online

Should you be confused by what precisely each category covers, helpful definitions are given on the page, once an option has been clicked.

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