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UK ISP's Fail To Report Child Abuse

Posted: 20th Jun, 2005 By: MarkJ
The Under Secretary of State (Home Office) for Policing, Paul Goggins, has said that most ISP's still do not report incidents of online child abuse to the police or the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF):

"They should be," said Goggins. "They will have a relationship with the IWF and should know what to do. Wherever we are in this system we should report it as soon as we see it."

But no ISPs are currently doing this, the IWF said. Although BT and a handful of other ISPs are blocking child abuse websites as recommended by the IWF, none are reporting the downloading of illegal images to the police.

Chief executive of the IWF Peter Robbins said: "There is a problem with the reporting of suspects. At the moment [ISPs] don't have an easy reporting mechanism. They aren't policing what people do but when they find criminality, they will behave responsibly. My thinking is that the majority of the customers want them to do this."


It's unclear whether the IWF are aware or not of any real-life cases where an ISP has known and chosen not to report the matter, certainly no examples are given.

Goggins comments could easily be coming from a position of suspicion rather than fact, since by their nature and for legal reasons, ISP's generally do not monitor their users specific online activity.

Sadly the only practical information given is that of a survey unrelated to ISP's. More @ Silicon.
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