Awareness Day – 7 October 2010
The Internet Watch Foundation is
the UK internet Hotline for the public to report their
inadvertent exposure to online child sexual abuse content hosted
anywhere in the world as well as non-photographic child sexual
abuse images, criminally obscene adult content and incitement to
racial hatred content hosted in the UK.
IWF was established in 1996 by the UK internet industry and
works in partnership with the wider online industry, law
enforcement, government, the education sector, charities,
international partners and the public to minimise the
availability of content within its remit. As a result of this
self-regulatory approach, less than 1% of online child sexual
abuse content has apparently been hosted in the UK since 2003,
down from 18% in 1997.
Through the internet Hotline reporting system, the IWF helps the
online industry combat abuse of its services through a ‘notice
and takedown’ initiative by alerting them to potentially
criminal content within IWF’s remit on their systems and
enabling the police to investigate those responsible. This
self-regulatory partnership approach is widely recognised as a
model of good practice in combating the abuse of technology for
the dissemination of criminal online content.
For more information or to report a website visit