The action was initiated by an anonymous report from a member of the Irish public who used the ’Report Illegal Content‘ form on the Internet Service Providers Association of Ireland’s Hotline.ie website. Analysis of the report confirmed that the images were illegal and that the site where they were posted was part of a network of websites registered in Australia and which provided access to child sexual abuse material.
Therefore, Hotline.ie, the Irish Internet Hotline supported by the Safer Internet Programme, has collaborated with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to disable the network of websites.
ACMA and the Irish Internet Hotline co-operate as members of the International Association of Internet Hotlines (INHOPE) which now comprises 33 hotlines covering 29 countries. INHOPE’s mission is to eliminate child abuse material from the Internet and to protect young people from harmful and illegal uses of the Internet.