Norway Leads Filtering Child Abuse on the Internet

The project is built around the Norwegian filter solution, and is one of the measures envisaged in Faremo report. The goal is that all countries should take responsibility on the Internet in their own country, and NCIS assists with all the experience gained since 2004.

In addition, the countries share information about which sites contain abuse images among themselves, so that each country can quickly assess whether the site falls within one’s own laws.

NCIS works with both Europol and Interpol in this project. In this connection, owners of the sites who believe they mistakenly blocked can complain through Europol, and participating countries will review the page again.

Preventing the proliferation of material that shows abuse of children.

NCIS believes it is important that the authorities in each country to take responsibility so that children end up as a commercial commodity on the Internet forever.

As part of the “Comprehensive Operational Strategic Planning for the Police” (COSPOL) initiative, which Europol has supported since it began under the Dutch Presidency of the EU in 2004, Europol has been involved in the “COSPOL Internet Related Child Abuse Material Project” (CIRCAMP), providing expert advice and analytical support. This project is currently led by Norway with the support of several EU Member States.

CIRCAMP promotes the use of a filtering system, known as the Child Sexual Abuse Anti-Distribution Filter (CSAADF), in cooperation with Internet Service Providers. CSAADF uses blacklists created by specialised units to block Internet users’ access to pay-per-view websites hosting child abuse material.

When users try to access these websites, they are confronted with a “stop page” displaying the article of the relevant penal code of their country, the logo of the national police and a hyperlink to a page on Europol’s website explaining the aims and objectives of the filtering technology, as supported by CIRCAMP.

From today, a service provided by Europol, known as “Funnel WEB”, will enable those registrants of domains who believe that they are wrongly included in the blacklists created by the countries adopting the filter, whether this is due to a change in legislation, amended content or “hijacking” of their website, to challenge their inclusion. They will have the opportunity to click on a hyperlink, contained in the national stop pages, which will redirect them to the Europol website where they can fill in a form and send it to Europol.

After a cross-check has been carried out by Europol on the information contained in the form, the registrant will receive contact details of the law enforcement authorities in the Member States so that they can request them to reassess the content of the websites and, if appropriate, to remove them from the blacklist. In this way, Europol and CIRCAMP will be in a position to improve blocking measures implemented at national level, by providing the possibility for registrants of legitimate websites to enforce their rights on the Internet.

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