To tackle online illegal content An Garda Síochána has been working in conjunction with the Internet Service Providers Association of Ireland (ISPAI) for the past 15 years. ISPAI co-funds and runs Hotline.ie which was established within an Industry self-regulatory framework as one of the key recommendations of the Government’s Working Group on the Illegal and Harmful Use of the Internet (in 1998), to provide an anonymous service to Internet Users who accidentally uncover illegal content on the Internet, particularly Child Sexual Abuse Material.
The Paedophile Investigation Unit of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation procedures in place that facilitate criminal investigation of reported child sexual abuse material within the Irish jurisdiction and internationally. Hotline.ie acts like a filter for An Garda Síochána providing qualified reports (with quality technical information) to initiate the “Notice and Take Down” procedure for the removal by the relevant ISP of the illegal / harmful content from the Internet and the ISP may preserve forensic evidence for investigation by police. Effectively Hotline.ie assists An Garda Síochána make the best use of its resources by focusing only on investigating qualified reports of Online Child Sexual Abuse Material.
There is no other civilian or police hotline specifically for the purpose of reporting suspected illegal content on the Internet in Ireland other than Hotline.ie.
An Garda Síochána encourages the public to report suspected illegal content encountered on the Internet to www.hotline.ie so that Industry and Law Enforcement may know about it and act swiftly against it!
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