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The UK hotline

Saferinternet UK HL: Internet Watch Foundation

The UK Hotline for reporting illegal content specifically: Child sexual abuse content hosted worldwide and criminally obscene and incitement to racial hatred content hosted in the UK

The UK Hotline for reporting criminal online content specifically:

·         Child sexual abuse content hosted worldwide

·         Criminally obscene adult content hosted in the UK

·         Non-photographic child sexual abuse images hosted in the UK

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) operates the UK internet Hotline for the public and IT professionals to report potentially criminal online content within its remit in a secure and confidential way and to be the 'notice and take-down' body for this content. They work in partnership with the online industry, law enforcement, government, the education sector, charities, international partners and the public to minimise the availability of this content.
IWF helps internet service providers and hosting companies to combat abuse of their networks through their national ‘notice and take-down’ service which alerts them to potentially criminal content within IWF’s remit on their systems and they provide unique data to law enforcement partners in the UK and abroad to assist investigations into the distributers of potentially illegal online content. As a result of this partnership approach, less than 1% of child sexual abuse content, known to the IWF, has apparently been hosted in the UK since 2003, down from 18% in 1997. Whilst sexually abusive images of children remains hosted abroad, IWF facilitates the UK industry-led initiative to protect users from inadvertent exposure to this content by blocking access to it through their provision of a dynamic list of child sexual abuse URLs.

Contact information

Coles Lane 5
CB243BA Oakington Cambridge
United Kingdom
Tel. +44(0)1223 237700
Fax. +44(0)1223 235921



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Last update: 24/11/2011

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