The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Mr. Alan Shatter T.D. today launched the Annual Report for 2010 of the Irish Internet Hotline.
The hotline provides a central point of contact for members of the public who become aware of any child pornography on the Internet in Ireland and where appropriate liaises with An Garda Síochána and request the relevant Internet Service Provider (ISP) to remove the content.
Speaking at the launch the Minister said he was encouraged to note that the number of reports received by the Hotline where content assessed to be illegal under Irish law had fallen compared to 2009. "While I am pleased with an apparent continuing reduction in the frequency with which child abuse images are being encountered and being reported to the Hotline, there is absolutely no room for complacency. All of us who are concerned with protecting our society, and particularly our children and young people from illegal and harmful use of the Internet must be ever vigilant and ready to take necessary action. The effectiveness of the Hotline depends so much on your support. So, it is essential that the public continues to report illegal content to the Hotline."
Minister Shatter went on to encourage organisations that have public services on the Internet or are involved in any way to with Child Safety to support the Hotline by adding the Hotline logo and brief explanation to their websites
The Minister commended the Hotline for their work and commended the members of the Internet Service Providers Association of Ireland (ISPAI) who have undertaken under a Code of Practice and Ethics to respond immediately to requests from the Hotline for action in the event that any illicit material is found on Irish Servers.
The Minister concluded "I must emphasise that the co-operation of the internet service providers is an essential part of the concept of an effective Hotline. Any responsible ISP or hosting company should contribute to the financing of the Hotline and join in the development and running of awareness programmes."
29 June 2011
Note For Editors
Child Pornography Hotline (www.hotline.ie)
www.hotline.ie service was launched in November, 1999. The hotline provides a central point of contact for members of the public who become aware of any child pornography on the Internet in Ireland. The hotline accepts reports about such material and attempts to identify the source. If the material is hosted in Ireland, it will request the relevant ISP to remove it, in accordance with the Code of Practice and Ethics. The hotline liaises with the Gardaí as appropriate.
To provide a fast response to illegal material that is hosted outside the Irish jurisdiction, the Hotline is a member of INHOPE, the international organisation of Internet Hotlines. The INHOPE organisation applies rigorous standards to which its members must adhere. These are provided in the INHOPE Code of Practice to which the Hotline has signed up
The Internet Service Providers Association of Ireland funds the operating costs of the hotline. In 2010, the Hotline received funding for up to 50% of its eligible operating costs from the EU Safer Internet Plus Programme.